He said it was illegal to sell such a drug in the country without the prescription and monitoring of a doctor but it was being sold in almost all medical stores in Ghana.
Mr.Sarfo said as part of the celebration, 96 institutions including churches and 42 schools in the Asutif district and other parts of the region have been sensitised on the dangers illicit drugs posed to families and society.
He observed that most parents have little information about the extent of exposures their wards have in relation to illicit drugs and that majority of them were aware of the various illicit drugs and where they could get them but lacked the knowledge about its long term effects.
The revelation, he noted, had compelled the Regional Command to start the formation of drug awareness clubs at both basic and second cycle schools in some selected districts and municipalities in the region.
Mr. Sarfo also announced that the Command during the third quarter of this year, would launch two separate operations, dubbed ìOperation drug free zonesî and ìOperation get ready to runî respectively in an effort to reduce the incidence of illicit drug traffcking and abuse in the Brong Ahafo Region.
The Deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Justice Samuel Adjei, on his part said the fght against drugs was a shared responsibility of all but not to be left to the government and the law enforcement agencies.
He stressed the need for the strengthening of family, social and religious values, adding that ìparents and teachers have critical roles to check the usage of illicit drugs among the youth’’
From Ashaiman Godfred Blay Gibbah, reports that the Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mr. Isaac
Nii Djangmah Vanderpuye, has urged district assemblies and land owners to reserve land for recreational purposes in their planning schemes.
That, he said, would encourage the youth take part in sports and recreation in their communities and
make it diffcult for bad people to lure them into the use of drugs and involve themselves in social vices.
Speaking at a programme organised at the weekend, here, by the Greater Accra Regional branch of the Narcotics Control Board in collaboration with the Ashaiman
Municipal Assembly to mark World Drug Day, Nii Vanderpuye said the lack of recreational facilities in communities contributed to the youth experimenting in all manner of things some of which could be detrimental to their well being.
It was on the theme: “Listen First: Drug Prevention among the Youth and Children”.
Nii Vanderpuye also urged assemblies to invest in sports to unearth talents for the country.
He expressed concern about the growing use of narcotic drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and
heroin among the youth and its destructive effect on them, noting that areas such as Nima, Ga
Mashie, Zongo all in Accra and Ashaiman were notorious for land guards due to the incidence of drug abuse.
Nii Vanderpuye therefore called for concerted efforts between NACOB, the Assemblies, the Ghana Education Service and the National AIDS Control programme towards creating awareness aimed at stemming the tide.
He also called for vigilance among member states of ECOW-
AS to prevent the traffcking of illicit drugs.
The Municipal Chief Executive of Ashaiman, Mr. Ibrahim Baidoo, said the Ashaiman Mu-nicipal Assembly would continue to collaborate with the Police and other security agencies to prevent the traffcking and use of illicit drugs.
The Greater Accra Regional Commander of NACOB, Victoria Esinam Assah-Offei, was worried that some bad people in a bid to create drug use habits among young ones laced sweets such as toffees and biscuits with Indian hemp for sale.
She condemned the practice and urged members of the communities to assist the police to weed out offenders.
An inmate of House of St. Francis, a rehabilitation centre, in a testimony, said his involvement in drugs destroyed his health, education and life, and therefore advised the youth to abstain from the use of drugs.
Students from Ashaiman Senior High School performed a sketch while NACOB mounted an exhibition on the effects of drugsand methods used in traffcking drugs at the ceremony.