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Trinidad to host regional workshops on problematic drug use

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Feb 2, CMC – Trinidad and Tobago will host two regional workshops next week aimed at building the capacity of organisations working with young people in the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) countries with problematic drug use.

The February 4-9 events is being organised by the Guyana-based Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in collaboration with the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organisation of American States and the Ministry of National Security National Drug Council here.

The organisers said that the workshops are facilitated with the support of the European Union/ CARIFORUM Crime and Security Programme.

They said the “Crime and Security Programme” has three components including drug demand and supply reduction; crime and violence prevention and social development; and capacity building of law enforcement and security agencies and enhanced cooperation with third states.

“These workshops are in response to gaps identified under the ninth European Development Fund, which indicated that treatment and rehabilitation programmes and services, particularly for adolescents and youth were needed. As such, the objective of the workshop is to strengthen the capabilities of persons working with adolescents and youth to understand and appropriately respond to those who are using or misusing substances,” the organisers said in a statement.

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