Concern is mounting over drug abuse and illicit trafficking problem all over the world, said Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Acting Director Haji Mohd Jaffari bin Haji Mahadi.
“Brunei Darussalam is not exempted from the impact of illegal drug use. Alhamdulillah, the situation is still under control thanks to the ‘Whole of Nation’ approach and strong cooperation among relevant agencies,” he added.
Haji Mohd Jaffari made these comments during the launch of Preventive Drug Education (PDE) Instagram video briefs and PDE Quiz at the NCB yesterday.
The launching ceremony was held in conjunction with the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2020 on June 26.
Haji Mohd Jaffari said younger generation needs to develop an awareness and concern of the country’s current issues to maintain stability and achieve a high quality of life and a dynamic and resilient national economy in line with Brunei Vision 2035.
“Drug abuse is not only harmful to health but also affects loved ones. Younger generation should not engage in drug-related activities which will affect their future,” he added.
The NCB is committed to combat any form of drug abuse and illicit trafficking and always ready to serve the country’s well-being and security.
PDE Assistant Director Hajah Latipah binti Haji Mohd Ali said the videos aim to provide continuous knowledge and accurate current information related to drug abuse to the public.
“It is hoped that it will be able to reach the target groups via PDE’s social media to keep up with NCB’s current information and to make NCB’s Instagram and Facebook as official channels to obtain accurate knowledge,” she said.
Three videos will be uploaded every week. Each video will contain different topics.
Quizzes will also be included and are open for public participation, subject to terms and conditions.
Themed ‘Better Knowledge for Better care’, the event aimed to address the misinformation on drug problems and emphasised the need to improve the understanding of the world drug problem and how it will foster greater international cooperation for countering its impact on health, governance and security.
In view of the COVID-19 outbreak, several activities were arranged virtually by NCB to mark the event earlier this year.
This year’s celebration also aimed to enhance the use of social media as an agent to spread PDE information; to diversify NCB’s approach to ensure continuous sharing of information to the public on the misuse of drugs; to encourage public participation in PDE activities organised by NCB and to act as a platform to inform the general public on the consequences of misuse of drugs in Brunei Darussalam via social media.