President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave separate messages on the occasion, urging all concerned to work alongside the government to prevent drug abuse
The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illegal Trafficking will be observed in the country as elsewhere in the world on Wednesday with a call to launch a united movement against the menace.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave separate messages on the occasion, urging all concerned to work alongside the government to prevent drug abuse, reports BSS.
In his message, the president said the present government has adopted a zero tolerance policy against drug and its illicit trafficking and a large number of drug traders have already been brought under the law.
At the same time, President Hamid also said existing laws have been updated, and stressed on the need for beefing up surveillance by law enforcement agencies along the coastal belt and border areas to prevent illegal influx of drugs.
Laying emphasis on creating awareness among the youth community about the harmful consequences of drug, he said family can play a vital role in this regard as strong family bondage helps keep children away from drug abuse.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said the government has initiated many programs, including stringent execution of the anti-drug law, for protecting the country and its people from drug abuse and its trafficking.
“It is not possible to fight drug abuse and its illegal trafficking by a country or organization alone as it is an international problem. I think that united efforts at national and international level can help face this menace properly,” the prime minister said.
Saying the nation must be saved from drug abuse, she added that drug supply and trafficking must be curbed at any cost.
Stressing the need for creating awareness about the bad effects of drug abuse, Hasina said an awareness campaign is being intensified in villages and urban areas, and at offices and educational institutions, and that is becoming a social movement across the country.
“I urge all to work along with the government to prevent drug abuse to build a golden Bangladesh as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” she added.