During an expanded discussion session entitled “The Scourge of Drugs in Iraq, Between Reality and Solutions”, the First Deputy Speaker Mr. Hakim Al-Zamili, called on the relevant authorities to develop a comprehensive strategy that includes mechanisms and treatments to stand up to this malicious attack represented by drugs, and to harness all the efforts and capabilities of the state, in both its legislative and executive parties to support the battle to eradicate this scourge. He stressed that the Council of Representatives is determined to issue the legislation and laws needed by the competent authorities to support their work.
Al-Zamili stressed, “the most important battle that the state must fight today is to urgently eradicate the scourge of drugs, given that its danger exceeds the threat of ISIS and has begun to invade most of Iraq’s cities, especially poor and deprived areas, and targets the main pillar for building and advancing society, namely the illusion of youth,” considering “the spread of drugs threatens the security of society and requires urgent action from the highest levels to address it.
During the session, the reasons for the spread of drugs and the measures taken by the relevant ministries to confront them were discussed, and a number of recommendations were made, including “raising the level of coordination between the concerned authorities to accelerate the steps to combat drugs, and providing the security services with modern devices to detect drugs while tightening control measures at border crossings to prevent smuggling operations, as well as activating the intelligence effort by arresting traffickers with this scourge and tightening penalties against them, launching extensive awareness campaigns to warn of the danger of drugs, and developing specialized health centers and facilities to treat drug users.”
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