U.S. Embassy Convenes 4th National Drug Abuse Conference
Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Kelia Cummins
The Fourth National Conference of the Association of Anti-Drug Abuse Coalitions of Philippines, Inc. (AADAC) officially convened under the theme âBuilding Resilience Through Policy and Advocacyâ on October 28.
Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy at the Philippine Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) in partnership with the Philippine Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) and the Department of Home Affairs and Government local, the AADAC virtual opening ceremony brought together 27 coalition members. and reached 3,500 individual members nationwide.
AADAC is a non-profit, non-governmental umbrella organization of community drug abuse coalitions and serves as a partner to local and national governments in drug prevention and advocacy.
âAADAC brings together several sectors of society: law enforcement, health, education, youth, civil society, businesses, academics and researchers, faith groups and decision-making bodies. This interdisciplinary collaboration and intersectional cooperation help support programs and foster policies that facilitate quality of life changes for people who use drugs, their families and the community, âsaid Kelia Cummins, Director of the INL.
“Working together is necessary, because a comprehensive and balanced approach is vital to solving the drug problem,” added DDB secretary Catalino Cuy.
This year’s conference will provide the coalition and its members with the opportunity to share, improve and implement evidence-based drug prevention approaches tailored to the needs of local communities in the Philippines.
Support for anti-drug coalitions is part of INL’s larger drug demand reduction program in the Philippines, designed to improve awareness, increase the use of preventive measures, and engage multisectoral stakeholders in efforts to reduce drugs. recovery and reintegration of people with substance use disorders.