The Navy has explained the 1927 helpline, designed to serve as a crucial lifeline for drug-dependent individuals seeking rehabilitation.
It was at a press conference held yesterday (26) at the Light House Galley, Colombo.
The event was chaired by Navy Commander, Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera who is also chairman of the Task Force to Combat the Use of Poisonous and Dangerous Drugs.
This Task Force has been established with the aim of managing the entry and dissemination of harmful and toxic substances.
Its objectives include preventing drug addiction, rehabilitating individuals affected by drug dependency, and playing a role in the nation's progress by contributing to both social and economic security.
Further, the Task Force has been formed, comprising 11 ministries and 14 departments and Vice Admiral Perera was designated as its chairman in January 2023.
Individuals struggling with drug addiction can use the confidential hotline 1927, to receive information about volunteering for treatment, rehabilitation, and counseling services.
Additionally, this hotline provides an avenue for their family members to access relevant information and support.
The availability of counseling services through this phone number was also explained.
Vice Admiral Perera, commissioner general of prisons, HMTN Upuldeniya, chairman of the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board, S Nanayakkara, Department of Community Based Corrections, PAD Gunarathna and deputy director (rehabilitation) of the Bureau of Rehabilitation, Lieutenant Colonel AMA Deshapriya briefed the media on this helpline as well as efforts undertaken by respective institutions in the areas of advocacy, rehabilitation, and counseling aimed at aiding the recovery of individuals struggling with drug addiction.