As part of programmes to mark the 2023 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, APM Terminal has collaborated with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency on the fight against drug addiction and stigmatisation.
The terminal operators, in a statement, said this year’s edition the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking has the theme ‘People first: stop stigma and discrimination, strengthen prevention’.
The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, otherwise known as World Drug Day, is celebrated annually on June 26, to strengthen action and cooperation in achieving a world free of drug abuse.
According to the firm, this year’s campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of treating people who use drugs with respect and empathy; providing evidence-based, voluntary services for all; offering alternatives to punishment; prioritising prevention; and leading with compassion.
It noted that the campaign also aimed to combat stigma and discrimination against people who use drugs by promoting language and attitudes that are respectful and non-judgmental.
Speaking during an event in Apapa to mark the day, the Health and Safety Manager at APM Terminals Apapa, Felix Ugwuagbo, said: “The terminal operators are partnering with NDLEA as part of its contribution to creating awareness about the negative impact of stigma and discrimination on people who use drugs and their families.”
He said with counselling, encouragement, and support from family members and society, drug users can overcome their addiction and lead meaningful lives.
Also speaking NDLEA Commander, Apapa Special Area Command, Udotong Essien, said the agency offers education and rehabilitation to drug users.
“We do not just castigate people who abuse drugs but we do our work creatively with distinction and honor. Our role is to make a positive impact in our towns, cities, and states so that our nation will be a better place to live and work.”