International Drug Policy
As the problem of narcotic and drug abuse increases world wide, Sri Lanka is a major factor in the increase of the transportation and distribution of these drugs. The drug trafficking and abuse problem has been a problem for multiple decades in our world even though the United Nations and other countries have discussed solution for this problem. As the use of cannibas and opium or narcotic based drugs increasing rapidly through countries the delegation of Sri Lanka would like to solve this issue and this world issue quickly and efficiently. Multiple countries have come up with treaties like the the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971, and the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988. But these resolutions created during the conventions have not put a dent in this rising issue. The issue is still expanding with the use of advances in technology and social media and these issues have sophisticated ever since.
The delegation of Sri Lanka is in a major crisis and is issued with these problems. The country is a major hub for the transportations of cocaine and cannibis due to its association with the “Golden Triangle”. This is also leading too major spikes of drug abuse in the country which was not a very harsh factor in previous decades. The spike in the use has caused the economy to deplete due to the $3 million in drug use everyday. The annually salary of a worker is $2.50 and usage of drugs had decreased this by 75%. Sri Lanka is one of the major suppliers of drugs to Southern Asian countries like India because of its close proximity. The Sri Lankan government has placed multiple policies like the National Policy for the Prevention and Control of Drug Abuse of 2005 and the Presidential Task Force on Drug Prevention. But none of these policies and task forces have affected the usage and importation.
The Sri Lankan police has been a major factor in stopping the drug importation. The law enforcements have confiscated over $108 million of cocaine and made over 80,000 arrests. We as a country would like to receive fund from financially developed countries to invest in our law enforcements. We would like to add other facilities to their forces to increase the confiscation rate and arrests rates. Another solution is to increase political policy by getting more citizens involved in the policies to promote less importation of drug use.
- Arya Prasad