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Editorial: Let’s Support Our Border Security And Police Fight Illicit Drugs

Police must be commended for the efforts and resources they are putting in to eliminate illicit drugs.
05 Nov 2019 10:18
Editorial: Let’s Support Our Border Security And Police Fight Illicit Drugs

Police must be commended for the efforts and resources they are putting in to eliminate illicit drugs.

Recent cases show that hard drugs are either being manufactured here or are brought here in large quantities to be shipped to overseas markets.

Some of these have been intercepted under the surveillance of our border security officers and the Police.

The question is how much of these drugs escape detection and confiscation.

There is suspicion that some yachts coming here may be carriers and slip under the radar.

That is why our local authorities are advising far flung islands in the Fiji Group not to invite yachties to come ashore unless they have completed immigration and customs clearance from our ports of entry.

Now we hear of ‘ice’ in Fiji and other drugs being peddled in our streets and nightclubs.

While this will cause a severe detriment to social life and the welfare of our younger generation, the pushers and dealers do not care. All they are interested in is the financial benefits.

Children of individuals who abuse drugs often are abused or neglected as a result of their preoccupation with drugs.

Studies have shown that parents who abuse drugs often put their need to obtain and abuse drugs first before the health and welfare of their children.

Children whose parents and other family members use illicit drugs often are physically or emotionally abused and often lack proper immunisations, medical care, dental care, and basic necessities such as food, water, and shelter.

The report said the addictive nature of illegal drugs can lead to the rapid escalation in frequency of use.

Drug abuse puts a heavy burden on communities frequently overloading welfare, treatment and law enforcement agencies.

The mounting statistics are alarming. The volume seems to be increasing.

Imagine the impact it would have made on families and society.

Let us support the Police and border security and be vigilant with our children and continually emphasise to them the dangers of illegal drugs.

Feedback: charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

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