Jamaica joins the rest of the world in commemorating the International Day against Illicit Trafficking and Drug Abuse on June 26, 2010. Under the theme, Think Health…not drugs, countries that are signatories to several international anti-drug conventions will focus on the twin problems of drug abuse and illicit trafficking. The National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) in collaboration with the Ministry of National Security will spearhead Jamaica’s plans for the day’s activities.
The NCDA will use the event to relaunch the Jamaica Drug Information Network (JADIN). This national data gathering alliance was first established in 2003 with support from the Organization of American States (OAS)/ Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD). The intention then was to strengthen the agency’s capacity to respond to sections of the Multi-lateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM) as required by international agreement
This year, the NCDA intends to expand its data gathering base through the incorporation of community based researchers. “The NCDA has received full marks for its contribution to Jamaica’s response to the MEM. Our new effort is aimed at getting more information from communities across Jamaica so that we can plan and execute more effectively. The drug situation is dynamic and we must make sure that we are providing appropriate and timely solutions” said Ellen Campbell Grizzle, the NCDA’s Director of Information and Research.
Highlights of the day will include a morning meeting of all parties engaged in Jamaica’s demand and supply response to the drug problem. The NCDA will host open day, lectures and client appreciation activities at its Melmac Avenue offices.