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Up game in drug fight, says Hinkson

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THE Barbados Drug Information Network (BARDIN) continues to make strides despite the lack of data from stakeholders, but Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson is calling on them to up their game in the national fight against drugs.

He made the call while delivering the feature address yesterday at the National Council on Substance Abuse (NCSA) release of the 2017 and 2018 BARDIN reports at the NCSA headquarters, Belleville, St Michael.

“In June 2019, efforts were made to improve and expand BARDIN through the signing of Memoranda of Understanding between the NCSA and Network members to formalise the reporting obligations of all involved; the implementation of standardised data collection forms to facilitate trend analysis; and the launching of a pilot project, spearheaded by the Organisation of American States to expand the number of contributing agencies as well as the scope of data collected,” he said. (RA)

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