Every year, Singapore joins the global observance of the ‘International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking’ (also known as ‘World Drug Day’) on 26 June. 2015 marked the 20th year where Singapore commemorated ‘World Drug Day’ through the annual Anti-Drug Abuse Campaign. NCADA partners the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) in the commemorative event to mark this day.
With a focus on Community Togetherness, this year’s campaign included the Anti-Drug Abuse Carnival – with DIY stations, activities such as skateboarding and a special photo exhibition on 20 years of the Anti-Drug Abuse Campaign. The two-day carnival was held between 26 and 27 Jun 2015 at Suntec Convention Hall to raise awareness and garner support for the anti-drug cause. It was truly a fun way to learn about the drug scourge and understand why we should remain steadfast in our anti-drug stance. Visitors were also encouraged to take a stand against drug abuse submitting digital anti-drug pledges which were displayed at the Carnival.
This year, NCADA and CNB collaborated with students from the Singapore Polytechnic’s School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE) who had helped with pre-event and onsite publicity of the Campaign. They had also rallied youth volunteers from Singapore Polytechnic to facilitate the distribution of the green and white anti-drug ribbons to the general public island-wide.
School leaders across primary and secondary schools in Singapore were also encouraged to read out an anti-drug message from NCADA Chairman in July 2015. The message urged students to take a stand against drug abuse, and reminded them not to fall into the traps of drug abuse. With this message, NCADA hoped that it was able to co-opt the youths into supporting the “zero tolerance” stand against drug abuse and our vision for a drug-free Singapore.
After a successful run of the Anti-Drug Abuse Campaign 2015, NCADA is looking forward to the next edition of the campaign in 2016 for the 21st year of commemoration of ‘World Drug Day’.