REACH OUT- MEDIA AWARDS-2017
Reach out Centre trust is a non- governmental organization that is working towards quelling drug abuse in the coastal region.
For the last 14 years we have been providing harm reduction services, preventive and treatment services to those affected by or vulnerable to Alcohol, Drug Abuse (ADA) and HIV and AIDS in the Coastal area of Kenya.
We are this year recognizing Journalists who have been working towards enabling us attain our goals and highlighting positive stories towards efforts in containing drug abuse in the region.
We are launching the first and unique edition of the Reach out Media awards under the theme Drug Policy reform for sustainable Development.
NARCOTIC DRUGS AND PSYCHOTROPIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL ACT is an act of parliament in respect to the control of the possession of, and trafficking in, narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances and cultivation of certain plants; to provide for the forfeiture of property derived from, or used in, illicit traffic in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances and for connected purposes.
What is Drug Policy?
A drug policy is the policy, usually of a government, regarding the control and regulation of drugs considered dangerous, particularly those which are addictive. For example, heroin is regulated almost everywhere.
Governments try to combat drug addiction with policies which address the supply of drugs, as well as policies which can mitigate the harms of drug abuse and for medical treatment.
What is Drug Policy Reform?
Drug policy reform is proposed changes to the way governments respond to the socio-cultural influence on perception of psychoactive substance use.
Rather than using laws and enforcement as the primary means to responding to substance use, governments and would be better served by reducing harm, demand and regulating the production, marketing, and distribution of currently illegal drugs in a manner that would reduce human right violations through punitive laws.
Proponents of drug law reform argue that relative harm should be taken into account in the regulation of controlled substances.
War on drugs is doing more harm than good. Together we need to advocate for policies that reduce the harms of both drug use and seek solutions that promote safety while upholding the sovereignty of individuals over their own minds and bodies.
Drug policies needs no longer to arrest, incarcerate, disenfranchise and otherwise harm People who use drugs.
Call for entries RCT- Media awards
It is with the above reference that Reachout Centre Trust is calling towards Coast based Journalists to submit their stories/features in the TV, Radio, Print, Online and Photography work categories under the theme Drug Policy reform for sustainable Development.
The Entries must have been published/broadcast within this year, this being from March 2017 to 25th October 2017. Submission deadline for entries is 30th October, 2017.
In TV, Radio, Print, Online and Photography work, Journalists should consider the guidelines below in perfecting their Stories/Feature before submission;
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