Over 50 per
cent of psychiatric admissions in the country are drug-related cases; a huge
burden on the nation’s health care delivery system, the deputy director of the
National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA) has disclosed.
Njie, who was speaking recently during celebrations marking the International
Day against drug abuse, and illicit drug trafficking, said they could not ascertain
the figure of drug-related deaths, but he disclosed that they make over 300
arrests each year in connection to drug trafficking.
Nations Office on Drug and Crimes (UNODC) Report revealed that 210 million
people are affected by drugs each year, out of which 200, 000 die yearly,” he
told the celebrants.
pointing out that the transit of drugs through countries means some would
remain and be consumed locally, Deputy Director Njie explained that drug users
would use violence if necessary to obtain cash or simply cause mayhem whenever
they are in need of the substance.
Stating that his Agency is fully aware
of the difficult nature of the fight it is leading, Njie hastened to assert
that they are conscious of the fact that NDEA alone cannot successfully win the
war on drugs. “
We are urging all and sundry to take it as a personal
responsibility to curb the menace of drugs in our communities,” the Drug
Agency’s deputy chief enjoined.“The
Gambia, like other countries in the sub-region, has been a target for the
transit of illicit drugs,” he concluded.