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The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, commemorated annually by the United Nations, coincided with the 23rd anniversary of its founding, the OASI Foundation.

On this day, the OASI Foundation organised a National Discussion,' The True Reality: Decriminalisation, Legalisation or Depenalisation?' which was held at the Grand Hotel Mgarr. The debate, moderated by Dr. Andrew Azzopardi, consisted of two panels composed of experts who discussed the topic at hand.

During the discussion, Dr Justyne Caruana, Parliamentary Secretary for Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Aging, spoke of the need to be more sensitive on social sectors. She said that further collaboration was needed between stakeholders concerned in these areas, by pulling together and working towards achieving one goal.

The audience was an active participant in the debate, and included representatives from diverse fields, including government agencies, non-governmental organisations, educators, persons working with youths and students, as well as agencies with direct ties to drug issues and drug users, including Sedqa and Caritas.

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