Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – In order to combat the alarming rise of substance abuse, Youth in Action Against Drug Abuse Network (YAADAN) Sierra Leone recently convened a pivotal meeting with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Freetown, aimed to strengthen collaboration in the fight against drug misuse.
During the gathering, Umaru Kanu, the Founder and Executive Director for YAADAN SL, outlined the organization’s commitment to addressing the pervasive issue that has claimed the lives of many young individuals in Sierra Leone.
Kanu emphasized the necessity for a community-based approach and the need to have a collaborative partnership with the NDLEA.
He furthered “This youth-led organization aims to leverage valuable information and resources to effectively tackle substance abuse, and we are dedicated to fighting against it in the country.”
Kanu also announced plans for a festive season campaign against substance abuse, reaching out for both financial and moral support.
The Project Manager of YAADAN Sierra Leone, Madam Francess Kargbo, shed light on the concerning rise of women involved in drug abuse, stressing the importance of youth sensitization as a critical step to reduce prevalent drug use among the younger population.
The statement made by Ibrahim Dugba, the Director of Public Education at the NDLEA showcased a united front against substance abuse. Dugba expressed satisfaction with the collaborative initiative, affirming the agency’s commitment to supporting youth-led groups in alignment with its objectives.
The meeting concluded with planning for a comprehensive and sustainable campaign, emphasizing the collective efforts needed to eradicate drug misuse among the youths in Sierra Leone. PSN/28/12/2023