The Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) has identified the La Dade-Kotopon Municipality as having the highest prevalence rate of narcotics use in the Greater Accra region
Security officers made this known at the Municipal Security Council meeting last week after they identified 25 ghettos within the municipality where drug peddlers engage in drug-related activities.
The Municipal Chief Executive of the area, Ms Gladys Mann-Dede, said that “It also came to light there were on sale to the public ‘wee’ toffees, ‘wee’ biscuits, ‘wee’ chewing gums and many others. My major worry and concerns are that the target customers of the producers of these products are the youth.”
She said this at the Greater Accra Regional celebration of this year’s World Drug Day, which falls on June 26 every year.
A week-long programme, including a quiz and football gala, was organised in the area ahead of the celebration to create awareness of the dangers of illicit drug use.
To curb the widespread use of drugs in the area, Ms Mann-Dede said the Assembly had begun engaging stakeholders including the Department of Social Welfare and Community Development, Police, traditional authorities, religious bodies, non-governmental organisations and the media, over the problem.
On his part, the Greater Accra Regional Commander of NACOB, Mr Roger Vanderpuye, said the 2016 World Drug Report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime “named Ghana as among the top four countries in Africa reported as the sources of cannabis herb to Europe.”
He believed that Parliament must immediately pass the NACOB Bill to give the Board more powers to do its work.