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Dominica: Drug Awareness Month 2019 to focus on youth upliftment

The National Drug Abuse Prevention Unit (DAPU) is set to target the youth this year, Drug Abuse Prevention Officer, Malcolm St. Rose has revealed.

January is being observed as Drug Awareness Month, this year under the theme “Youth, Let’s Talk About Alcohol and Other Drugs—A Conversation That Could Change Your Life.”

Speaking on radio on Wednesday, St. Rose described the venture as a campaign to uplift the youth.

“We want to over-emphasize that drugs affect people negatively. Drugs affect you on an individual level, affects the family and the wider society. But we also want to seek to help the young people understand that they are very resourceful, that they can be empowered, and that there is so much good inside of them,” he explained. “So, we want to take this opportunity and every opportunity that we get, to help strengthen the resolve of the youth in terms of staying away from drugs [and] from the people who do drugs, as much as possible, and the places they do drugs.”

St. Rose spoke of the DAPU’s aim to “delay the first use of drugs among young people” in order to decrease experimentation and addiction. He implored the young people to learn from the mistakes of existing addicts.

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