With an increase in drug intake among the youths in Sierra Leone the office of National Drug Control Agency is now working on a document to domesticate or ratify some of the international conventions that prohibit the use of narcotic drugs such as: heroin, marijuana and cocaine.
The Chairman of the National Drug Control Agency Mr Kandeh Bangura in categorizing the various drugs in Sierra Leone and elsewhere explained that there are narcotic and pharmaceutical drugs but noted that his office is concerned with narcotic drugs which are harmful or detrimental for human consumption.
He said the 1961 and 1971 United Nations convention on psycho tropical substances prohibit the use of narcotic drugs.
The 1988 UN convention on the other hand he said prohibits the illicit traffic of narcotic and psychotropic drugs.
He added that the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations in accordance with Article 62 paragraph 4 of the UN charter with the support of the UN General Assembly also prohibit narcotic drugs internationally.
He said these protocols and conventions are generally acceptable but they are not legally binding until they are domesticated and ratified by individual states through the house of parliament.
By Solomon Rogers