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Workshop on Synthetic Drugs in Barbados

Barbados, 29 January 2020. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN), through its global monitoring program for synthetic drugs (SMART), held a workshop on synthetic drugs for law enforcement, customs authorities, first responders, and health and defense authorities of the Government of Barbados from January 27-29 at the Regional Training Centre of the Royal Barbados Police Force in the city of Bridgetown.

This training was conducted with the support of the Government of Canada and Barbados and in conjunction with the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) and the National Council of Substance Abuse of Bardados.
The training was conducted by the coordinator of the global SMART program and a CBSA instructor. Sixty Barbadian officials were trained in topics such as trends in synthetic drugs in Latin America and the Caribbean, natural and synthetic drugs and their effects on passengers, passenger profiling, interview techniques, basic examination techniques, and how to secure seized products, among others.

The event was opened by the High Commissioner of Canada appointed in Barbados, Her Excellency Marie Legault, and the Minister of Home Affairs of Barbados.