Monday 16 September, 2019

National Security Minister to discuss narcotics with UN team

Following a recent report on the use of ‘zesser pills’ by some partygoers, the issue of psychotropic or psychoactive drugs will be discussed by a visiting team from the United Nations.

The Ministry of National Security said in a statement issued Thursday that a two-member team from the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), will visit National Security Minister Stuart Young to discuss those and other issues surrounding narcotics.

The Ministry said Young welcomed Professor Francisco Tumbi and Kebebush Welkema, who are visiting the country from Wednesday 11-13, 2019.

During their visit, the members will meet with officials from the Ministry of National Security including the Acting Chief of Defence Staff, Colonel Darnley Wyke and Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith.

The team will also hold talks with representatives of other agencies whose work impacts national security and public safety.

The Ministry said the team will provide expert advice on the control of pharmaceuticals, mechanisms for controlling the diversion of chemicals to the manufacture of drugs while ensuring that this country is fully compliant with the scheduling of drugs and that local treatment systems are satisfactory.

The functions of the INCB are laid down in the following Conventions to which Trinidad and Tobago is signatory:
- The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961
- The Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971
- The United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988

The Board of the INCB undertakes dialogue with Governments to further the aims of the treaties and maintains ongoing discussions to strengthen the legislative framework, particularly concerning psychotropic substances and to improve coordination of the national drug control efforts.

Such dialogue is pursued through regular consultations and missions arranged in agreement with the Governments concerned.

The Ministry of National Security said it values the opportunity to interact with the members of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) and looks forward to a productive engagement with the team.

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