On 23 June, on the eve of the ‘International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking’, the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Uzbekistan (PCUz) participated in a drug burning ceremony that was organised in Tashkent by the National Centre on Drug Control (NCDC). Over 3.5 tonnes of drugs were destroyed by burning.
According to the official data, since 1994 Uzbekistan has destroyed a total of 57,986 kg of drugs. The event was also attended by representatives of embassies, international organisations, governmental bodies, law enforcement agencies and mass media.
Additionally, in order to promote healthy and drug-free lifestyles among youth, the PCUz supported the NCDC in procuring t-shirts carrying the message “Say No to Drugs”. The t-shirts were disseminated among young people participating in a national campaign for the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The campaign was carried out country-wide with regional administrations sponsoring a number of events involving both the public and civil society organizations. The PCUz’s assistance was organized in the framework of the project on ‘Providing Assistance to the Fight against Illicit Drug Circulation and Expansion’.