The National Anti Narcotics Agency has reported that in 2017 over $20 Billion worth of narcotics were removed from the streets of Guyana and over three hundred persons were convicted for various crimes related to narco possession, trafficking and other drug related offenses.
In its 2017 report, the agency announced that a total of 55,139 KG of narcotics were seized last year.
Those narcotics included cocaine, marijuana, heroin and ecstasy.
Additionally, over 117,000 kilograms of marijuana plants were destroyed.
The report has also highlighted the efforts of professionals working in the field of drug prevention and treatment.
According to the Guyana Drug Information Network, through the combined efforts of the Ministry Public Health, Ministries of Education, Ministry of Public Security and several NGOs, over 900 professionals have received training in drug prevention and drug supply reduction to work with youths and at-risk populations.
Further, over 100 persons have received specialized treatment for problematic drug use via the Phoenix Recovery Project and the Salvation Army’s Men Social Service.
The Guyana Drug Information Network (GUYDIN) is an inter-agency body comprising of key stakeholders from law enforcement agencies working in Drug supply reduction and professionals working in the field of drug prevention and treatment who meet regularly to share data on drug supply and demand reduction interventions.