On this International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, we want to reiterate our Government's commitment to the global fight against illicit drugs. We believe this fight is an important part of improving the health and safety of communities across Canada and around the world.
In 2007, our Government launched the National Anti-Drug Strategy to help combat the dangers and destruction related to illicit drugs. We continue to focus on preventing drug use and ensuring that those with drug dependencies have access to treatment. At the same time, our Government believes in tough penalties for drug dealers and producers who put communities, families, and in particular, our youth, at risk.
More than $230 million over five years of new funding has been allocated under this Strategy in three priority areas:
In the past year, our Government has supported a wide range of prevention and treatment programs in communities across Canada aimed at preventing young people from taking illicit drugs.
In 2010, we launched a nationwide youth-targeted awareness campaign to educate and dissuade young people from using drugs through a drugsnot4me television ad and a drugsnot4me Facebook fanpage. A DVD was also released by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to show the stark reality of clandestine drug labs in our communities.
In addition, the Government recently committed $20 million to continue support for prevention programs that target drug-related crimes committed by youth. We will also be re-introducing our legislation to crack down on serious drug crimes.
In addition, earlier this year, our Government took action by amending the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to prohibit a person from possessing, producing, selling or importing anything knowing it will be used to produce or traffic in methamphetamine or ecstasy.
On the international stage, Canada recently contributed $4.92 million to the Organization of American States (OAS) to help address security challenges such as illicit drug trafficking.
Canadians can count on our Government to continue to work with domestic and international partners to address the global drug problem and to take action against illicit drugs. Our Government is committed to fighting crime and protecting Canadians so that our communities are safe places for people to live, raise their families and do business.
The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety
The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health