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Thursday, January 19, 2006 

Antigua participates in Caribbean Drug Awareness Day
Thursday January 19 2006
by Nikisha Smith

In honour of Caribbean Drug Awareness Day, the Substance Abuse Prevention Division (SAPD) will play host to a Fair at its headquarters all day today.

It was organised to supply the public with the information they need about the different social service providers in the country and information about drug use and prevention.

Norma Jeffrey-Dorset, Substance Abuse Prevention officer, said that the effort fulfils a mandate dated back to 2002, at a meeting in Suriname.

At that meeting, Caribbean people who work in drug abuse prevention decided that enough was not put into drug awareness, and a special time was needed to increase awareness. So, annually, the third Thursday in January has been designated as Caribbean Drug Awareness Day.

For the third year in a row, the SAPD will be hosting a fair, which is a display of social service providers, both private and government organisations.

Around the room, each organisation will be given a booth, where they will offer pamphlets and information about their services.

Those that will be represented today will be the SAPD, the Board of Guardians, the AIDS Secretariat, the Health Information Department, Planned Parenthood Association, the Police, the Defence Force, the Probation Unit, the Directorate of Gender Affairs, the Rehabilitation Centre at Gunthorpes, Social Security and the Directorate of Youth.

The day will begin at 10 a.m. with an opening ceremony addressed by the Minister of Social Transformation, Hilson Baptiste and then the fair will take place until 3:30 p.m. The Division is located in St. John’s Street.

Jeffrey-Dorset said that the fair proved to be very successful in the past. She said she was in fact quite pleased at the turnout last year and hopes that this year will be even more successful.
The event is funded by the Division, although corporate citizens and individuals have contributed funds to make it successful. They include GCS Bottling, Parham Fisheries and Leslie White of Haul All.

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