National plan to battle drugs soon

Muscat: The 14th meeting of the National Commission on Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NCNDPS) was held at Al Masarrah Hospital in the Wilayat of Al Amerat yesterday, under the chairmanship of Dr Mohammed Saif Al Hosani, undersecretary of the Ministry of Health for Health Affairs and Chairman of NCNDPS.

Those attending the meeting reviewed the NCNDPS achievements, the media plan, and the 2013 training plan.

The meeting also reviewed the draft national strategy to combat drugs and psychotropic substances, treatment and rehabilitation projects for patients with addictions to drugs and psychotropic substances, in addition to the approval of the subcommittees of the NCNDPS Executive Office.

Members also reviewed the activities and events in the treatment, training, awareness and rehabilitation plans in Muscat and other governorates, as well as some programmes that have been implemented outside the Sultanate. Further, the NCNDPS Executive Office will publish a booklet documenting these programmes and activities.

Treating patients
NCNDPS members also toured Al Masarrah Hospital and visited the section for treating patients with drug addictions, during which they were briefed on the methods of treatment and rehabilitation, while in the addiction section.

It is worth noting that there is an operational plan for 2014 activities and programmes that will be ready in the next few days, covering supply and demand reductions for narcotics.

Rehabilitation plan
They will include education and a media plan, a plan for the training and development of staff inside and outside the Sultanate, along with the treatment and rehabilitation plan that will be implemented in coordination with
all the ministries and the participating parties.

It will also include the national strategy to combat drugs for the years 2014-2020, which will soon be completed by the Executive Office. It is hoped that an annual action plan for all involved ministries and authorities in the field of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances will be developed based upon the national strategy to combat drugs.


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