The National Committee for Narcotics & Psychotropic Substances launched yesterday Sunday the awareness mobile bus on the damages of drugs. The launching took place with the collaborative efforts of various authorities including the Ministry of Health (MOH), the Directorate of Narcotics Control of the Royal Oman Police (ROP), Ministry of Education (MOE), Ministry of Social Development (MOSD), Ministry of Sport Affairs, in addition to the institutions of Civil community.
Starting from yasterday Sunday until the coming November, the mobile bus will start its route from Musandam Governorate going through Al Buraimi, Al Batinah North, Dhofar, Al Batinah South, Al Dakhilyah, and finishing its route in Al Sharqiah South Governorate.
The mobile bus aims at raising the awareness on the harmful effects of drugs among community categories, and identifying the different roles played by the Ministries and the authorities concerned with drug phenomena from the health, security, social, and preventive aspects. It further aims at highlighting the efforts and accomplishments of the National Committee for Narcotics & Psychotropic Substances.
The mobile bus will held several activities among them are the conduction of workshops to introduce drug damages and the national efforts exerted in combating this blight besides underline the followed methods in the treatment and rehabilitation of drug addicts. Awareness exhibitions will be held as well.
It is worth to mention that since its establishment in 2000 by a royal Decree No. 99/17, the National Committee for Narcotics & Psychotropic Substances has undertaken number of rewarding programs and activities throughout the different media to prevent the spread of this phenomenon in addition to organizing many symposia, lectures, and awareness exhibitions as well as issuing educational prints on addiction. It has lately launched FAWASEL program that targeted school students.
On the training level, the Committee, in collaboration with Ministries and other concerned authorizes has carried out training programs within the Sultanate and abroad with the aim of developing the competency of workers regarding the preventive, therapeutic, security, and rehabilitative fields.
The Committee has placed a top priority on supporting addicts to enable them overcoming the problem of addiction and has opened Half Way House in collaboration with MOSD. Moreover, the stipulations board regarding the opening of private health institutions for rehabilitation and treatment of Narcotics & Psychotropic Substances addicts has been approved. Currently, the Committee is working on future projects to expand the therapeutic and rehabilitative services for drug addicts including the project of the National Rehabilitation & Aftercare Center. Furthermore, the National Strategy for Narcotics & Psychotropic Substances Control 2017-2020 has been prepared.