Mauritius PM calls for international cooperation to effectively address the drug scourge

Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth on Thursday said prevention of early use of drugs is not only one of the top national priorities of Mauritius but is also one of the world’s most pressing challenges.

He was speaking at a workshop on the Development of a Drug Use Prevention Curriculum organised by the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

“If we want to effectively address drug-related challenges, we need to strengthen international cooperation and information-sharing to close the gaps and ensure that joint action is targeted, effective and timely,” Mr Jugnauth said.

He said an upward trend is noted with regard to the prevalence of substance abuse among the youth, especially in schools and colleges, adding that teenagers are vulnerable to addictive substances due to peer pressure.

According to him, information and education remains an important tool to shield the younger generation from being afflicted by this scourge given that synthetic cannabinoids have now penetrated schools and colleges and are threatening the well-being of children.

“The development of an education curriculum by the UNODC is one of the tools which will contribute to prevent substance abuse among young people thus reducing the risk of drug abuse. The curriculum will help build students’ knowledge and understanding of the consequences of drug abuse and improve their problem solving skills”, the Prime Minister pointed out.

Drug use, supply, trafficking groups and the substances themselves continue to shift and diversify at an alarming speed in Mauritius with the new psychoactive substances market.

“Drugs continue to remain a major network but business models are changing and criminals exploiting new technologies are altering the nature of the illicit drug trade and the types of players involved,” Mr Jugnauth highlighted.

According to the Prime Minister, close collaboration is required between ministries, the private sector and the civil society to march towards a safer, healthier and more prosperous Mauritius.  

The objective of the two-day event is to revisit and update the materials on drug prevention available in the curriculum so that the contents are aligned with the recent developments in the combat against substance abuse.
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