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MAP - Drugnews - Sri Lanka

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Published: Sat, 17 Mar 2018 00:34:05 -0700

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Sri Lanka: Inhibitive Drugs That Lure Addicts: Patterns and

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 07:00:00 GMT

Sunday Times, 28 Aug 2016 - Cannabis is obtained from the plant of the genus Cannabis. Cannabis is the only drug that grows in Sri Lanka. It is grown illicitly, mostly in the dry zones of the country (in the Eastern and Southern provinces). Cannabis causes euphoria, "high" feeling, pleasurable state of relaxation, impaired performance, sleepiness, confusion and hallucinations. Cocaine

Sri Lanka: Cannabis Misuse On The Rise

Mon, 06 Feb 2012 08:00:00 GMT

Daily News, 06 Feb 2012 - Fifty two percent increase in cannabis related arrests during 2010 compared to 2009: Present trends indicate an increase in the misuse of cannabis, the latest Handbook of Drug Abuse Information issued by the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board said.

Sri Lanka: Editorial: Containing The Hard Drugs Inflow

Mon, 09 Jan 2012 08:00:00 GMT

Daily News, 09 Jan 2012 - If hard drugs are continuing to flow into Sri Lanka, the inescapable conclusion is that there is a considerable demand for them in this country. This is discomforting news but that is the harsh reality. The prisons are chockfull of those who have been convicted of drug-related offences and the news is that there has been no decrease in the rate of hard drugs-linked detections. In fact, we are given to understand that last year, 38 kilograms of heroin were seized and some 14,000 or more persons were arrested in connection with hard drugs related offences.

Sri Lanka: Explore New Ways To Assist Member Countries - Secy

Sun, 30 Mar 2008 07:00:00 GMT

Sunday Observer, 30 Mar 2008 - The Colombo Plan (CP) is reintroducing its initial objectives to the member countries, Secretary General Patricia Yoon told the third year review meeting of the Outreach/Drop-in Centres, the drug addicts rehabilitation centres, last week. Our motto is "planning prosperity together" and it suggests the partnership concept aimed at social and economic development of its member countries.

Sri Lanka: AIDS Threat Increasing With Drug Injections

Sun, 28 Oct 2007 07:00:00 GMT

The Sunday Times, 28 Oct 2007 - Around 3500 Sri Lankans are living with HIV and the number is increasing rapidly as a newest trend of injecting drugs is becoming popular among many parties. Health Ministry STD/AIDS Control Programme National Director Dr. Nimal Edirisinghe told The Sunday Times that although there was a popular belief that injecting drugs was uncommon in Sri Lanka, at present it has been a major contributor to enhance the number of AIDS patients. "There is a popular fashion among youth going to nightclubs and parties to inject drugs, which creates a high risk. As there is a shortage of heroin drug addicts seem to opt for injecting drugs. We also got to know that some prisoners too are getting injected with drugs and in most of these cases the same needle is being used a few times," he said.

Sri Lanka: War On Drug Menace Heightened

Sun, 04 Dec 2005 08:00:00 GMT

Sunday Observer, 04 Dec 2005 - The proliferation of heroin has assumed such alarming proportions that the new President Mahinda Rajapakse in the Mahinda Chintana has vowed to eradicate the drug menace. The government policy in eradicating drugs is now clearly stipulated in the Mahinda Chintana. The state will now mobilise its resources to combat this menace which had plagued the country for so long. A period of three years have been allotted to achieve this task.

Sri Lanka: Detection of Heroin Increases

Sun, 19 Sep 2004 07:00:00 GMT

Sunday Observer, 19 Sep 2004 - It has become a gigantic task to stem the flow of heroin across the Palk Strait mainly due to less patrolling of seas both by the Sri Lankan and the Indian authorities specially after cessation of hostilities between the government and the LTTE. In the meantime it has been observed that there is a surge in heroin being smuggled into the country by organised groups. Large quantities of heroin with a street value of over Rs. 500 millions have been detected by the Marunnkan and the Talaimannar Police last week. In fact the second biggest haul of heroin i.e 11 kilos this year was detected at Anguruwatota last week.

Sri Lanka: Govt Determined To Crush Drug Trafficking

Sun, 27 Jun 2004 07:00:00 GMT

Sunday Observer, 27 Jun 2004 - Buddhasasana and Deputy Defence Minister Ratnasiri Wickremenayake on Friday disclosed that the Government has taken a firm decision to eliminate drug trafficking activities involving affluent people in the country with the help of law enforcement officers. He said it was pathetic that these people who are leading luxury lives are still in the habit of slipping the security blanket by using various methods.

Sri Lanka: New Project To Combat Substance Abuse

Sun, 27 Jun 2004 07:00:00 GMT

Sunday Observer, 27 Jun 2004 - With the increasing number of criminal cases reported due to substance abuse, the first ever National Volunteer Project (NVF), under the guidance of President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, was set up yesterday to form a strong 'force' on divisional level to combat the high rate of addiction to harmful substances - alcohol, tobacco and chemical substances like ganja and heroin. This project has been implemented under the government's programme for the control of crime and drug related offences as outlined in the UPFA manifesto including prisons reforms, control of violence, drug and alcohol use with special attention to children. The President's Fund has allocated Rs. 2 million for the project.