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UK working together with Guatemala in tackling drug addiction

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The British Embassy and the Commission Against Addictions and the Illicit Traffic of Drugs of Guatemala (SECCATID) signed today a cooperation agreement.

A cooperation agreement worth over Q100,000 to broadcast a series of 24 programmes on public and cable television to fight drug addiction and raise awareness amongst youngsters.

The TV spots will be broadcast on Canal 27 and Canal Antigua from February of next year. Wednesdays 12:00-12:45 and retransmitted at 21:00-23:00. The TV programme format will be a 45 minutes talk show with experts and interviews with families and community workers. The issues to be included in the programming will vary from the prevention of addiction, to the consequences of abuse in consumption and the implications for families and societies.

The United Kingdom, along with other international partners, is supporting Guatemala’s work to implement a long-term drugs strategy aimed at building local capacity to dismantle drug supply and distribution networks. Another worldwide priority of the British Government is prevention and to work with vulnerable young people at danger of becoming drug users and traffickers.

To mark the signature of the agreement with SECCATID, Sarah Dickson, British Ambassador to Guatemala said:

“We want to reduce the number of people misusing illegal drugs and other harmful drugs and increase the number of people who successfully recover. It is important that we encourage young people to live healthy lives and that they know the dangers of misusing drugs as it will make a positive difference to them, their families and communities. I’m excited to be working with the Guatemalan government on this issue”.