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Guyana: Fighting back against drugs

Gov’t launches drug treatment court
…to rehabilitate, reintegrate drug abusers

GOVERNMENT, on Monday, opened its first Drug Treatment Court at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court, with the aim of rehabilitating drug users and reintegrating them into society.

This pilot programme was made possible with the aid of the Supreme Court of Judicature of Guyana, in collaboration with the Organization of American States Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (OAS-CICAD), and the National Anti-Narcotics Agency.

During the launch on Monday, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams, SC, explained that the offenders and society will benefit greatly from this pilot programme.

The AG stressed that the programme gives offenders a choice beyond traditional court proceedings to help them get the treatment needed to overcome their addiction and be productive people in society. Additionally, the minister disclosed that the pilot programme will help within areas such as prison overcrowding and reducing recidivism, while helping to curb drug addiction in Guyana.

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