30 Jan 2004

American Samoa sets up council to fight substance abuse

7:19 am on 30 January 2004

A government advisory council on substance abuse has been set up in American Samoa.

Governor Togiola Tulafono says the Integrated Substance Abuse Advisory Council will work largely in the area of drug prevention.

The twenty-member council, to be appointed by the governor, will work closely with the Department of Human and Social Services.

One of the aims of the council is to develop goals for a territory-wide prevention programme.

The council will also develop a strategic plan for drug treatment and tobacco control resources.