U.S. Embassy Strengthens Philippine Law Enforcement Drug Demand Reduction Programs

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) collaborated with the Philippine Dangerous Drugs Board and the Sri Lanka-based Colombo Plan to strengthen drug demand reduction initiatives in the Philippines.  Fifty-two officers from the Philippine National Police, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, the Philippine Public Safety College, and Xavier University attended specialized training on substance use disorders from April 22 to May 2.  The goal of this specialized training is to provide the criminal justice sector with an evidence-based, public health approach to reducing drug demand.  This training is a component of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ comprehensive program on drug demand reduction covering prevention, treatment, recovery, and policy development.

Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Program is the only regional intergovernmental program exclusively aimed at capacity building for drug demand reduction in the Asia and Pacific Region.

INL has partnered with the Colombo Plan in promoting and implementing evidence based practices in substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery around the world.

Learn more about the INL and its Drug Demand Reduction programs globally at https://www.state.gov/drug-prevention-and-treatment/.