Tobago Rehabilitation and Empowerment Centre TREC
TREC walks against drug abuse

TREC supporters walk to support the end of drug abuse

The Tobago Rehabilitation and Empowerment Centre (TREC), under the Division of Health and Social Services, commemorated International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on Friday 1st July, 2016. This international day is officially observed internationally and by the UN on 26th June, annually. The theme for this year's observation was 'Listen First.'

In an effort to get the message out to the public on the negative effects of drug abuse, a drug abuse exhibition was held in Scarborough from 10.00 am, and this was in collaboration with other Units of the Division and external organisations including Organised Crime, Narcotics & Firearms Bureau (OCNFB) of the TTPS, Alcoholics Anonymous, Mental Health Department of the TRHA, and the Citizen Security Programme.

Members of the public and visitors to the exhibition had the opportunity to speak with resident clients of TREC who have completed the programme and those enrolled seeking guidance. The representatives from the organisations also had items on display so that persons can be aware of the different drugs that are being used.

TREC's walk started at Tambrin Square, Uptown Scarborough from 3.00 pm and through the streets of the capital. TREC's aim for the day of activities was to get the public aware of the easy access children and members of the community has the drugs and its many effects. Also visiting the exhibition and lending his support was the Assistant Secretary in the Division of Health and Social Services, Assemblyman Sheldon Cunningham.