Gambia: War On Illicit Drugs Is Far From Over!

Just a few days ago, the Drug Law Enforcement Agency of The Gambia (DLEAG) during a mass drug destruction exercise, burnt large quantities of drugs ranging from cannabis, cocaine and other drugs at the Old Cape Point.

The move is part of a broader fight against narcotic drugs and drug peddling in the country.

In our edition of The Point yesterday, we ran a story that narcotics agents arrested one Amie Ceesay at Banjul Half-die with 17 wraps, one stone and some quantities of suspected cocaine as well as four wraps of suspected heroin.

The involvement of women in the trade clearly signals that war on drugs is a continuing battle. The suspect and the magnitude of the illicit substance found in her possession, is indeed worrying.

Certainly, illicit drug abuse tears the fabric of any decent society. Studies have shown that the majority of those involved in illicit drug abuse are the youths. And youths are the future leaders of the country. Aside from being the most active portion in the country’s population, they also play a key role in any meaningful development.

Drug use is harmful to our health, especially cocaine and heroin, which can be lethal.

We have seen a recent surge in crime rate in the country as a result of illicit drug abuse by youngsters.

There exists factors that make many youngsters vulnerable to drug addiction. But that shouldn’t be a reason for one to engage into drug abuse. In every situation, there is a way to get out of such circumstances.