Drug treatment court opens

Guyana’s first Drug Treatment Court, opened its doors on Monday, aimed at giving convicted drug addicts a chance to receive treatment and reduce overcrowding of the country’s prisons.

Located in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court, the facility will permit easier access to resources and personnel, including stakeholders such as the police, social services, health and drug treatment providers for the efficient operation of the court.

Welcoming stakeholders at the commissioning ceremony, National Anti-Narcotics Agency Director Major General (Rt) Michael Atherly said the Drug Treatment Court was the “strongest possible evidence of the determination of all national and international stakeholder agencies, not just to fight the menace of drugs, but also to fight together to achieve progress. He described the drug problem as a serious threat to public health, safety and the wellbeing of nations, “It undermines the national security and sovereignty of states, as well their economic and social stability,” Atherly was quoted as saying by government’s Department of Public Information (DPI).

Attorney General (AG) and Minister of Legal Affairs Basil Williams said through the collaborative effort of the judiciary, the National Anti-Narcotics Agency, OAS and the Inter-American Drug Abuse Commission Control, justice will not only be done but be seen to be done.