NCB to hold drug paraphernalia exhibition
THE Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) will be showcasing different types of drug paraphernalia on the sidelines of the handover of this month’s old-age pension at the Balai Raya Lumut in Belait District.
The mini-exhibition, held in collaboration with Lumut 1 Village in Mukim Liang, aims to educate the public, including parents, on the various tools used for consuming illegal drugs.
“Some parents aren’t aware of the drug paraphernalia that is being used by addicts,” Yang Berhormat Hj Mohd Shafiee Ahmad, a member of the Legislative Council and head of Lumut 1 Village, said recently.
He hoped that by viewing the display and information provided by the bureau, it will help the public identify such tools used for consuming drugs and they will take immediate action if they see such materials around their children or other family members.
Although drug use in the village hasn’t reached alarming rates, it does occur, he said.
“When I heard about it (people using drugs), I passed on the message to the NCB to get help, and their representatives then monitored the area,” he said.
He said the upcoming mini-exhibition is part of efforts to monitor the situation of drug abuse in the village following a recent discussion with representatives from the NCB.
Meanwhile, to improve the safety of the community, some villagers of Mukim Liang have also been actively participating in the Neighbourhood Watch programme, he said.
This activity, done in collaboration with the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) to fight crime, takes place in many villages and Mukims all over the sultanate.
He said crime prevention activities in Mukim Liang take place at least four times a month. Lumut 1 Village alone has a 20-member Neighbourhood Watch comprising retirees, four women and some youths.
“I would like to see more youths participating in the Neighbourhood Watch programme,” he added.
The Brunei Times