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CNB Workplan 2016: Central Narcotics Bureau Strengthens Preventive Drug Education Efforts
New youth outreach methods, a revamped interactive exhibition, and more research studies

Visitors to the HealthZone exhibition centre at the Health Promotion Board can now enjoy a more immersive experience learning about the harmful effects of drug and inhalant abuse.

The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) launched the newly revamped Addiction Alley, an interactive drug education exhibition gallery, at its workplan seminar on 25 April 2016.

The CNB had worked with the Health Promotion Board to update the gallery exhibits as part of its ongoing preventive drug education efforts.

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The revamped Addiction Alley, one of the exhibition galleries at the Health Promotion Board, uses interactive exhibits and games to educate visitors on the harmful effects of drug and inhalant abuse. PHOTO: Christopher Chen

“Through the interactive exhibits, we hope youths can learn about the addictiveness and harmful effects of drugs. We must also encourage parents and educators to visit this exhibition, as it showcases many interesting facts that they can use to initiate conversations with youths,” said Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs Mr Amrin Amin in his opening address at the seminar.

He also said the Committee Against Youth Drug Abuse, which he chairs, will explore new ways to reach out to youth, such as through online platforms or youth-led participatory action, and conduct research studies and literature reviews to “inform us how best to tackle youth drug issues”.

The inter-agency committee comprises young people and representatives from the Ministry of Home Affairs, CNB, HPB, Institute of Mental Health and post-secondary institutions.

Mr Amrin noted that the global drug situation remains challenging and pointed out local trends of concern such as the online distribution of drugs, the threat of new psychoactive substances or NPS, and the increasingly casual attitudes of youth towards drug abuse.

The CNB must continue to engage its local and regional partners and make Singapore’s voice heard at international platforms, he said.

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The revamped Addiction Alley, one of the exhibition galleries at the Health Promotion Board, uses interactive exhibits and games to educate visitors on the harmful effects of drug and inhalant abuse. PHOTO: Christopher Chen

Mr Amrin also reiterated the key points made by Minister for Home Affairs Mr K Shanmugam in his statement at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS) in New York last week: The drug abuse situation in Singapore is under control, and the harm reduction approach does not work in Singapore, where the focus is on building a drug-free country, not a drug-tolerant one.

“UNGASS 2016 culminated in the adoption of an outcome document where member states remain committed to the goals and objectives set out in the international drug control conventions. This is a good outcome as the conventions stand firm against calls for decriminalisation and legalisation of drugs,” he said.

He added that the 5th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Drug Matters in October this year will be a key platform for Singapore and its ASEAN counterparts to put forward a common position towards the new global drug strategy in 2019.

On the enforcement front, Mr Amrin said the CNB has committed more resources in investigating youth abuse cases.

Suspected youth drug abusers are quickly brought in for investigation so that the CNB can provide the appropriate intervention, prevent them from influencing their peers and follow up swiftly on the leads involving the drug suppliers, he said.

He also noted that the enactment of the Fifth Schedule of the Misuse of Drugs Act in May 2013 allows the CNB to control the proliferation of NPS by enabling it to seize these substances to restrict their circulation while research and industry consultation are conducted.

He added that the Organised Crime Act, which was passed in Parliament last year, will give the CNB more powers to disrupt and dismantle transnational drug trafficking syndicates.

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  1. by Denise Lee
  2. 25 April 2016
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