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THE REPUBLIC OF SRPSKA MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR MARKING 26 JUNE, INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND ILLICIT TRAFFICKING

| Banja Luka | Monday, 26/06/2017

The Republic of Srpska Ministry of the Interior, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, is implementing a campaign ‘’Avoid the Trap’’ on the occasion of marking the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Today, in the Republic of Srpska, on the territory of all police administrations, police officers are going to share informational and educational material and talk with citizens in order to emphasise the harmful effects of drug abuse with the aim of performing preventive activity on younger generations in order to reduce the number of drug users.

By implementing the Strategy of Monitoring Narcotic Drugs and Repressing Drug Abuse in the Republic of Srpska for the period from 2016 to 2021, the focus of the Republic of Srpska Ministry of the Interior is to work with students of primary and secondary schools. Therefore, in 2016, trainings were organised in 212 schools which attended 9, 096 students, 464 professors, and 331 parents.

The Republic of Srpska Ministry of the Interior has directed all activities in the field of countering drug abuse to detecting and processing serious forms of criminal offences, especially those with the elements of organisation.

In the first five months in 2017, the total number of 222 cases of drug abuse (98 criminal offences and 124 minor offences) was detected. Among criminal offences, the most common criminal offence is ‘’Illicit Production and Trading of Narcotic Drugs’’ (77 criminal offences). The total number of 89 reports was submitted to prosecutor’s offices for committing these criminal offences, which is by 14, 1% more than in 2016.

If one analyses data on number and type of seized narcotic drugs, it can be concluded that marijuana is the most used narcotic drug.  In these first five months, police officers seized 30, 033. 88 g of marijuana which is almost twice as high as in the same period in 2016 when 15. 309. 95 g was seized. The total amount of heroin seized is 118. 32 g (116. 49 g in 2016), cocaine 505. 799 g (54. 995 g in 2016), while the total amount of amphetamine seized is 419. 25 g (125. 677 g in 2016).