| Wani Roslan |
A SERIES of campaigns on drug prevention organised by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) is continuing with a three-day exhibition that emphasises on raising awareness on drugs among mothers in the Sultanate.
“Based on results from our previous surveys, we have found out that knowledge on drugs among mothers is minimal, and some of them are not aware and are confident that it will not happen to them or their family members. So, we have to do something and they can’t just be ignorant.”
Assistant Director of Anti-Narcotics Education, Osmawi bin Haji Osman, emphasised this in an interview with the Bulletin during the exhibition at the first floor of The Mall in Gadong.
He said one of the objectives of the exhibition is to reach out to the mothers and provide them with ample knowledge on drugs and prevention. He also stated that it is one of the strategic ways to approach the public, particularly the mothers.
“Shopping complex is one of the strategic places where we can meet up with them and convey information on current drugs situation in the Sultanate and threats faced by society,” he added.
For working mothers, the NCB will hold campaigns, for instance, at their work place, and for housewives, the information on drugs will be conveyed through radio, television or social media.
He hoped that through exhibitions, the NCB would be providing awareness to mothers so they will always remain alert on the dangers of drugs and prevent themselves and their family members from drug abuse.
He added that the public has given a very encouraging and positive response to the exhibition. “Previously, parents would not bother to bring their children to see drugs exhibition, but now the trend has changed as parents tend to bring their children and let us briefly explain to their children on the dangers of drug abuse,” he said.
The Assistant Director of Anti-Narcotics Education said the NCB will mark the International Day Against Drugs next year on a large scale to ensure that the messages they convey reach the public.
The three-day exhibition which ends today showcases several samples of drugs and drug-related information. Apart from that, the NCB is also conducting a public survey, particularly mothers, on their knowledge of drugs.