Parents urged to educate children on dangers of illegal drugs

Bannis has warned of the dangers of illegal drugs
Bannis has warned of the dangers of illegal drugs

Head of the National Drug Prevention Unit, Jacinta Bannis said parents should take up the responsibility in educating children about drug prevention at an early age to help fight the issue of drug abuse in Dominica.

In recent times, there has been an influx of illegal drugs into the country including marijuana and cocaine.

Recently cocaine worth close to $6-million was seized by police following a drug bust in Stock Farm.

“I think if every family member takes on that responsibility very early in teaching their children about the dangers of drugs I think we will see better results, so it all boils down to the family,” Bannis said in a radio interview.

She mentioned also that as part of Drug Awareness Month, being observed in the month of January, the National Drug Prevention Unit will host community walks to educate persons on the dangers of illegal drugs.

“So persons who don’t really come out to public meetings, we can meet them at their homes, their farms, at their workplaces, wherever that they are, so that is another strategy that we are using in terms of bringing the message to the general public,” Bannis noted.

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10 Comments

  1. Face the Facts
    January 7, 2016

    The theme should be: “Stay away from drugs”. They do more harm than good, the latter, if never.
    Discipline and education begins in the home. Some parents may not be able to teach their children accordingly.
    Arrange some meetings with parents and children. The schools should also teach them about the harm of ingesting illegal drugs. They should be cautioned not to accept them from anyone.

  2. January 7, 2016

    would love to see the punishment death by any mean . to many young men have gone of their head every time i come home i see a different young man on the street of Roseau so sad

    • January 9, 2016

      A young man smokes a joint to see what it is like.

      Then he attends a “pot party”. First chance he tries cocaine.

      His grades in school begin to drop. He quits school.

      Eventually he is hanging out in the streets late into the evenings.

      Unfortunately this is a true story of – not only one – but many young men. Each one is somebody’s boy.

      Yet there are fools braying to have marijuana legalized. Some would like all drugs legalized. Is it because they don’t know the harm the drugs do? Not at all. Its because they don’t care. They want easier access to the drugs for themselves without the risk of a fine or jail time. Some of these people are selling.

      It says a lot about the individuals. It also leaves us wondering what else they would like legalized.

      Our PM in Canada is legalizing marijuana. What else will he legalize?

      Watch him :!: 8-O He is taking the nation down the toilet.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist. Visit us at http://www...

  3. Observe then Question
    January 7, 2016

    Standardized tests are failing some of our most brilliant individuals. Why?

    Let’s start with the draining of our children’s mind through this and other “legal” activities first. Maybe then they won’t see these things as an alternative.

    Bye. AEG

  4. WakeUp
    January 7, 2016

    I’ll be speaking to my child about the dangers of cocaine and alcohol… But also educate them on the benefits of marijuana… And the false propaganda stories behind it :) :) :)

    • January 7, 2016

      In that case my ministry must continue to make the truth known about the harm done by marijuana.

      It is physically addictive not only psychologically addictive.

      It can cause causes lung and breathing problems.

      It is a contributing cause in certain types of cancer. (Regardless of what you have been told it is NOT a cure all for cancer.)

      Recent university medical school based studies have shown that regular marijuana smoking sometimes damages parts of the brain responsible for memory and learning.

      Regular marijuana smoking sometimes causes a drop in grades among students and is the cause of some dropping out of school.

      Many who have been involved in serial crimes – binges of destruction and murder – have been high on marijuana often combined with alcohol.

      When the police do a major drug bust they often find marijuana along with ”hard” drugs, and illegal guns. Marijuana is part of the drug trade.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist. (Diploma in Drug…

  5. January 6, 2016

    Parents should begin in the homes to warn the children about drugs during their first year of school.

    In the early years of school the teachers should continue to teach the dangers of drugs focusing on the particular drugs that are popular in the locality, especially the drugs that are most apt to find their way onto the school grounds.

    The students need to know what they are called, what they look like, and how they are ingested: swallowed in pill form, smoked, or sniffed. They need to be told why people use them (to make them feel good). They must be told the harm they do, and that they can even cause death.

    This information is best shared in the class room. It can be done by the teachers. A health lesson or during a physical education class would be the ideal time. It is important enough to have a social worker or nurse visit the school and go through the classes. In some schools it could be done in the gym or auditorium.

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

  6. jonathan st jean
    January 6, 2016

    Why the over emphasis of illegal drugs? I know that the fact that they are illegal means that they have to be highlighted, but in this drug prevention month why not also highlight legal drugs like tobacco and alcohol.These two monsters have wrecked more havoc on the lives of people than these illegal drugs. I guess the government gets large amounts of money from these two so they are untouchable. When you look at the government gazette you see more licenses approved for liquor sale than anything else.Please also realize that many people who are drawn to these drugs legal and illegal, have deficiencies in their mental capacity, so they need more than telling them not to do drugs.If there are more activities to occupy the mind and time of the youth they will be less likely to gravitate to drugs.Please impress that on the authorities. However good luck in your job, It’s at all order.

    • January 7, 2016

      jonathan st. jean:

      This is so true! The legal drugs – tobacco and alcohol – are doing more harm by causing disease and death – than the illegal drugs.

      If the scientific facts about tobacco and alcohol products had been known at the time as they are now the manufacture and sale of tobacco and alcohol products would probably not have been approved (licensed) by our governments.

      Now there are two problems facing us.

      (1) Governments rake in vast amounts of tax money from the sales of tobacco and alcohol so they are not about to make them illegal.

      (2) Both these vile industries employ incredibly large numbers of people.

      This must not stop us from making the truth known about the people who are being physically damaged and even killed every year by tobacco and alcohol.

      Ministers of Government and NGO should not fail to recognize the harm being done by these legal drugs
      and hesitate to combat the sale and use of these killer products.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald…

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