Drug Prevention Toolkits to hit Schools by 2016

The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) will be distributing drug prevention toolkits to schools and tertiary institutions by January 2016.

The toolkit was launched yesterday (4 Nov) at a conference on at-risk youths.

"There is no such thing as a 'soft' drug," said Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs Amrin Amin at the launch.

"Clusters of young cannabis abusers are emerging. A cluster develops when one young person takes cannabis. He then introduces it to his friends, who in turn introduce it to their friends."

Mr Amrin also added the need to reach out not only to the youths, but also to those who are critical in shaping their lives and their values. This is the reason CNB, with the help of the Ministry of Education, has developed the preventive drug education toolkit for educators and counsellors.

The toolkit will list various drugs, their side effects and associated penalties, as well as helplines, lesson plans and the rehabilitation schemes available. A similar toolkit for parents, which will be launched by the mid-2016, is currently being developed.

How can we keep our youths drug-free?

Source: "Schools to get CNB drug-prevention toolkit" (The Straits Times, 5 November 2015)

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