Muscat, The Sultanate celebrated today at

Kempinski Hotel Muscat the International Day against Drug Abuse &

Illicit Trafficking, which falls on 26 of June every year.

The celebration held under the patronage of Dr. Abdullah bin

Nasser al-Harrasi, Chairman of Public Authority for Radio & Television

(PART) in the presence of Maj.Gen Hamad bin Suleiman al-Hatmi,

Assistant Inspector General of Police and Customs for Operations

along with a number of Undersecretaries, Walis and senior officials.

The celebration, which organized by the Executive Office of the

National Committee for Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances

(NCNPS), came this year under the theme: “Initiate: The Community

Needs You”.

Dr. Mahmoud bin Zahir Al-Abri, NCNPS Supervisor stated that the

theme of this year highlights the importance of having an essential role

to play in tackling the drugs problem, especially in the fields of

prevention, rehabilitation, studies and researches. He also added that a

manual for preparation of awareness programs in the field of narcotic

drugs and psychotropic substances has been developed as a basic

reference for the government and private institutions and civil society


During the celebration, a first version of the manual for preparation

of awareness programs in the field of drugs and psychotropic

substances was launched. The manual includes a definition and

reasons of drugs and psychotropic substances, prevention methods,

preparation of awareness programs and the role of the concerned

authorities in drugs awareness.

At the end of the celebration, the chief guest honored the winning

projects of the competition. in the first place the project “My Health is in

My Life � My Addiction is My Prison” for the Wilayat of Boushar. The

project of “Measuring the Awareness Level of the Parents on Drugs

Risks” for the Wilayat of Al A’amirat obtained the second place. The

project of “A Society Free of Drugs” for the Wilayat of Liwa came in the

third place. While the projects of “Reducing the Spread of Drugs &

Psychotropic Substances” for the Wilayat of Mirbat and “My Nation is

Free of Drugs” for the Wilayat of Sohar obtained the fourth place. In

addition, the members of the awareness programs have been honored.

Awards were also given to a number of Wilayiats including Quriyat

for the project of “An Aware Community without Drugs”, Saham for the

project of “A Family without Drugs”, Ibri for the project of “Yes for

LifeNo for Drugs”, A’Suwaiq for the project of “Be Aware” and Sur for

the project of “Tobacco & Drugs Control”.

The chief guest toured the awareness exhibition that included the

ten projects participating in the competition from various wilayats of the


Source: Oman News Agency