A bill that seeks to, among other things, decriminalise drug addiction and use is currently before Parliament for consideration and approval.

The Narcotic Control Commission Bill, 2015, which went through the Second Reading in Parliament yesterday, has proposed the decriminalisation of drug use and addiction.

As a result, drug use and addiction would no longer be a punishable offence when the House passes the bill into law.

The Deputy Minister of the Interior, James Agalga, who moved the motion for the Second Reading of the bill, said that instead, drug addiction would be treated as a health issue, and added that offenders would be taken to correctional facilities for assistance.

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