Turkmen president demands urgent measures to eradicate drug abuse

Turkmenistan Materials 13 March 2012 16:25 (UTC +04:00)

Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, March 13 / Trend H. Hasanov /

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has instructed the heads of ministries to take immediate measures to attract public organizations to combat drug users, the government said today.

The Turkmen State Service for Combating Drugs has recently submitted a report to the Turkmen President. The matter rested in the elimination of drug abuse in the country, the fight against drug trafficking.

Berdimuhamedov said continuning measures in this direction are effective, but some individuals still use drugs.

"There is a sad fact that women also sell drugs," Berdimuhamedov said.

He stressed that these deeds run counter to the "principles of good women."

He said it is necessary to wage an irreconcilable struggle against drug addiction, which is a serious threat to human health and social development.

Turkmenistan has a long border with Afghanistan. The next action for the destruction of large quantities of drugs seized during special operations, took place at the area of Kasamly Dzhulge near Ashgabat in December last year.

More than 489 kilograms of drugs were liquidated.

Turkmenistan is a participant of three international conventions on combating illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, adopted by the UN in 1961, 1971 and 1988.