An exhibition aiming to raise awareness of drug abuse was launched yesterday at Mall of Qatar as part of the observance of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
Officials from the Ministry of Interior (MoI) and General Authority of Customs (GAC) were present on the occasion.
The exhibition was inaugurated by GAC Chairman HE Ahmed bin Abdullah al-Jamal and Director-General of Drug Enforcement (MoI) Brigadier Ahmed Khalifa al-Kuwari.
The exhibition will continue until July 2 with the participation of a number of governmental and civil agencies working in the field of drug control and community awareness.
This years' International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking observance comes under the theme 'Addressing drug challenges in health and humanitarian crises', the MoI tweeted.
The exhibition hosts awareness pavilions of a number of State institutions and departments of the Ministry of Interior, to present awareness messages about the scourge of drugs and their dangers to the individual and society.
The GAC is taking part in the exhibition through its pavilion with a number of awareness activities related to the event, where samples of seized narcotic substances have been displayed to inform visitors of their types and their harmful impact on people and society.
The pavilion also includes pictures of the most important seizures by the Customs authorities.
HE al-Jamal said the GAC plays an important role in the field of drug control, one that is complementary and essential to the role played by other authorities concerned in the country.“The authority works to monitor all entry and exit movements that are carried out from and to the State, whether with regard to the movement of goods or individuals through land, air and sea ports, or the subsequent operations, and inspection and verification of passengers and goods,” he said.
“The GAC is constantly working to develop its capabilities in working to combat smuggling operations by selecting the best human cadres and developing their skills by qualifying them with training courses and providing outlets with modern inspection devices, which can help detect and control these forbidden and harmful materials,” he added.
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