Launch of the Drug Prevention Campaign
Article from: UNODC Lao
Published: 13/06/20 11
The Press conference to Launch the National Drug Prevention Campaign was chaired by H.E. Mr Soubanh Srithirath, Chairperson of the Lao National Commission for Drug Control and Supervision, Mr. Somsanouk Mixay, Vice President of the Lao Journalists Association, and Mr. Leik Boonwaat, UNODC Representative to the Lao PDR together with nine famous young celebrities from the world of entertainment, beauty, study and sports who have joined this important campaign to prevent other young people from the dangers of drugs. The campaign is being carried out with the generous support of sponsors from the banking, mining, industry and private sectors.
During the last few years the Lao PDR is facing serious threats from increased opium poppy cultivation and increased transnational transit trafficking of illicit drugs. This is contributing to increased drug abuse and negative social problems.
The Government of the Lao PDR has demonstrated strong political commitment to control illicit drugs and the challenges it poses to the country by approving the National Drug Control Master Plan 2009-2013 in early 2009. The Master Plan outlines a comprehensive and clear policy direction on how to address the drug related challenges. One of the nine key pillars of this Master Plan is civic awareness and prevention.
Mr. Leik Boonwaat, stated that he felt reassured that there is a strong will to address this problem. He said that this national drug prevention campaign is a very important step in the right direction. Working hand in hand together with the Government of the Lao PDR, and the Lao people, this team of famous young celebrities will serve as inspiring role models and youth ambassadors against drugs.
The national campaign will include a number of events such as drug burning ceremonies, concerts, art and sport competitions, public talks, radio and television programmes, etc over the course of one year.
"Be smart, don't use drugs! " and let us help prevent others from doing so.