Today 5th July, OASI Foundation and the Local Councils of Floriana, Mosta and Naxxar organized a National Conference under the Distinct Patronage of H.E Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta, with the title ‘Illum Jien, Għada Int ... Id-Droga wara Biebna!” The Conference that was held at the Mosta Local Council was moderated by Dr. Corazon Mizzi.
In her opening speech H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, The President of Malta mentioned that it is important that the issue of drugs should always be placed at the forefront of the national agenda. She emphasised that more research should be done on this issue and persons who are experiencing any kind of dependency should be consulted.
The first panel was made up of Dr Robert Chircop ,an Emergency Physician & Clinical Toxicologist, Ms. Pauline Miceli ,a Commissioner for Children and Mr. Dennis Theuma, a Assistant Commissioner.
The second Panel was made up of Dr. Anna Maria Vella who is the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society, Fr. Hilary Tagliaferro ,the Founder of the Millennium Chapel, Mr. Godwin Sammut a Forensic Scientist and Ms. Daniela Bugeja from the Anti Substance Abuse Service.
The audience was an active participant in the National Conference, and included representatives from diverse fields, including government agencies, non-governmental organizations, educators, persons working with youths and students. The conference was also addressed by the Mayors of the Local Councils and Fr. Emmanuel Cordina ,the General Director of the OASI Foundation closed the conference , where he emphasised the importance of discussing this topic before the introduction of new laws.