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Local NGOs To Collect Data On Drug Abuse
MONROVIA, September 26 (LINA) –Three local non-profit organizations have launched a data census of drug users aimed at highlighting the scale of the problem to inform efforts aimed at reducing the increasing wave of drug abuse across the country.
According to a joint press release issued by the organizations in Monrovia Monday, the data when collected will be shared with partners who are willing to create programs and awareness that will help alleviate the use of illicit substances.
The three groups are Liberians Against Drugs Abuse (LADA), Liberia Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE) and the Mental Health Reporters Network (MHRN).
The release noted that the exercise, which is expected to last for a year, will collect relevant data on the number of drug users in the country, provide data on the kinds of illicit substances being consumed and the aggregate of male and female living in ghettos in various communities.
The Founder and Executive Director of LIFE, Ms. Jodie Reid Seton, said at the start of the exercise recently that they have collected data of little girls who are around the age of 12 at the Palm Grove Cemetery on Center Street in Monrovia.
The release disclosed that a total of 204 substance users were enumerated during the inauguration of the census on Center Street near the Palm Grove Cemetery and that the exercise will continue throughout Montserrado County during the last quarter of 2016.
It will move to Margibi, Grand Bassa and Bomi and Cape Mount in the first quarter of 2017, the release said.
Meanwhile, the organizations are seeking funding from volunteers, donors and government to compensate drug users who voluntarily turnout to be enumerated, according to the release.