Be aware of drugs, chil­dren told

They should know the prob­lems and con­se­quence, says Cor­po­ral Koroi

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Chil­dren need to learn about drugs at an early age says South­ern Divi­sion com­mu­nity sup­port polic­ing of­fi­cer, Cor­po­ral Litia Koroi. “To­day’s young gen­er­a­tion is more ex­posed to the world and this is through tech­nol­ogy so in­for­ma­tion is spread at an alarm­ing rate which can be both use­ful and detri­men­tal for the end user,” she said. Cor­po­ral Koroi said this dur­ing the In­ter­na­tional Day against Drug Abuse and Il­licit Traf­fick­ing cel­e­bra­tion at the Fiji So­ci­ety for the Blind yes­ter­day.

The theme for this year’s In­ter­na­tional Day against Drug Abuse and Il­licit Traf­fick­ing is ‘Our Health, Our Life, Our Re­spon­si­bil­ity’.

“The Fiji Po­lice Force be­lieves chil­dren need to be ed­u­cated at an early age so they know the prob­lems and con­se­quence of in­dulging in such acts.

“Mar­i­juana, sniff­ing of in­halants such as glue and al­co­hol are the most com­mon forms of drugs used in Fiji,” she said.

Cor­po­ral Koroi said re­cently the Fiji Po­lice Force has wit­nessed a lot of cases where chil­dren are found loi­ter­ing in town dur­ing school hours.

“They are in­dulging in ac­tiv­i­ties like sniff­ing glue and other harm­ful in­halants.

“Most in­halants act di­rectly on the ner­vous sys­tem to pro­duce mind-al­ter­ing,” she said. Cor­po­ral Koroi said young peo­ple were tak­ing drugs to fit in, to es­cape or re­lax, to re­lieve bore­dom, to seem grown up, to rebel or to ex­per­i­ment. “They think drugs are a so­lu­tion. But even­tu­ally, the drugs be­come a prob­lem,” she said.

Photo: Sha­hani Mala

Stu­dents of Fiji So­ci­ety for the Blind School cel­e­brated In­ter­na­tional Day against Drug Abuse and Il­licit Traf­fick­ing yes­ter­day.

Photo: Sha­hani Mala

St Agnes kinde­garten stu­dents dur­ing their char­ac­ter pa­rade yes­ter­day.

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