The campaign to holistically tackle the increasing wave of drugs and alcohol addiction in Liberia has intensified.
The new but troubling situation if not addressed especially among Liberia’s youthful population may turn the nation into its ugly dark past, a health expert,predicts.
Currently there are mounting efforts by pressure and civil society groups in Liberia carrying out the necessary awareness on the danger of drug addiction and other harmful substances and one of such organizations is the Community Action for reintegration and empowerment (CARE)
The group with four years of existence is now engaging local communities in Liberia to address the core issues of fighting drugs and alcohol addiction in the Country.
According to the founder of (CARE) Konrad Barjuah they intend to work robustly under their Triple -R’s pillar to include Rescue,Rehabilitation and Reintegration to ensure that they achieve their desire goal.
He said it is time to work together as Liberians to put to an end the stigma on disadvantaged youth across Liberia.
“It is a huge task but we are committed to making the necessary impact in our respective communities,the CARE,boss added.
He promise to work with the needed technicians in order to effectively address the core issues.
Mr. Barjuah encouraged the young people to get actively involved in the campaign because it is a real fight but with togetherness, we can do it,he assured the audience.
Delivering the keynote address the Country Director of the World Health Organization in Liberia Dr.Mesfin Zlebo reflected that the already achieved global and national development goals is now been threatened if not gradually been defeated by drug and alcohol addiction in Liberia.
According to him the situation is a global one but Liberia’s situation is increasing and worsening especially among the future leaders including the students and young people of the nation.
The situation he added if not timely addressed will affect the security and work productivity of the Country.
He said the Sustainable Development Goals and agenda 2015-2030 is very keen on addressing the issue mainly under strengthening prevention of substances and abuse as well as mortality reduction.
The WHO head in Liberia stressed that the failure to address the issue could lead to increase in crimes,marginalization and many more.
Dr. Zlebo hailed CARE for working in tackling the situation firstly from the community levels.
He also urged national government through strong policies to help address the issue.
For his part youth and sports Minister D.Zeogar Wilson pledge government’s support to the endeavor.
Already he pointed out that the government through the ministry is working on series of programs to help tackle the issue at hand.
He named the Social Economic Empowerment and Development program, Youth at risk and the Youth Agriculture training center initiative among others as programs and efforts government is rolling out massively to rehabilitate and empower the youthful population of the Country.
At the same time the head of the LIBERIA Drug Enforcement Agency Marcus Soko reiterate calls for the Drug law to be amended to ensure it is non billable.
He also reemphasized the need to provide rehabilitation to victims of the situation for the betterment of the Country.
With the launch of the organization,more practical works and financial support are needed to help address the increasing wave of drug and alcohol addiction mainly among the youth and students community in Liberia.