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.