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Awareness training on Methamphetamine and Clandestine Lab

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15th August 2018 A 3 day awareness training on Methamphetamine and Clandestine Lab was delivered to a number of Tongan government agencies last week, as part of an ongoing awareness byTonga Police set in motion to combat the War on Illicit Drugs in the Kingdom.

Raising awareness across government agencies of the risk and harm this “evil” drug is inflicting on our communities is important to ensure agencies are equipped with the knowledge  and appreciate the importance of working together to Prevent Methamphetamine harming the people of the Kingdom of Tonga.

“The fight against illicit drugs is not just a police problem, it is a social problem that requires social solutions and an increased collective effort in working together and greater sharing of information amongst government agencies, non-government agencies and communities,” says Acting Police Commissioner Vaisuai.

“Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug manufactured in clandestine laboratories. These laboratories produce toxic chemicals that not only harm people but also the environment and for every Kilo of methamphetamine produced, a kilo of toxic waste is produced.

We recognise the importance of government agencies and the community working in partnership to prevent harm caused by illicit drugs. Methamphetamine across the region impacts negatively on crime, families, and the physical and mental health of users.”

The training course brought together one hundred and eleven (111) officers from eight agencies which includes officers from the Fire & Emergency Services, Ministry of Prison, Ministry of Revenue & Customs, HMAF, Ministry of Health, Tonga Airport Ltd, Attorney General’s Office and Tonga Police.

Delivering the training were regional police officers from the New Zealand Police, New Zealand Customs and the Australian Federal Police.

ENDS

For further media inquiries please contact: Tonga Police Media & Communication Officer, Tonga Police Headquarters, Longolongo; – Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it phone (676) 23 323 EXT. 125

 
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