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EDITORIAL: Villages In Suva District Make Bold Step To Fight Against Drugs

The move yesterday by the villages in the Tikina (District) of Suva to form an awareness committee on drugs in their villages must be commended. Some villages in other districts
01 Mar 2018 14:31
EDITORIAL: Villages In Suva District  Make Bold Step To Fight Against Drugs

The move yesterday by the villages in the Tikina (District) of Suva to form an awareness committee on drugs in their villages must be commended.

Some villages in other districts around the country have similar a committees but most of them are not working because the consumption of drugs there continues to rise.

Delegates have shown their concern because the youths are involved. It also shows that they really care for their youths, who are the future leaders of the district.

A medical expert said: “Drug abuse at any age can cause serious health effects, but teens who abuse drugs are at particular risk for negative consequences. Teens who abuse drugs are more likely to struggle with addiction later in life and have permanent and irreversible brain damage.”

A drug specialist said that “when a teen takes drugs in order to feel good, it interferes with the body’s natural ability to do so.

He adds: “Some other common negative effects of teen drug abuse are:  Emotional problems. Drug abuse can cause or mask emotional problems such as anxiety, depression, mood swings, suicidal thoughts and schizophrenia.”

A medical report said: “Teens who abuse drugs have an increased risk of social problems, depression, suicidal thoughts and violence. According to a recent survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, teens who abuse drugs are more likely than teens who don’t abuse drugs to engage in delinquent behaviours such as fighting and stealing.”

It adds: “Drug abuse among teens can result in serious mental disorders or permanent, irreversible damage to the brain or nervous system. Brain damage among teens who abuse drugs includes brain shrinkage; impaired learning abilities; amnesia and memory problems; impaired reasoning, perception and intuition; increased or decreased socialization; and changes in sexual desire.”

Delegates from the villages of Suvavou, Waiqanake, Muavuso, Togalevu, Nabaka, Wainawa and Naivikinikini unanimously agreed to stop the use of drugs in the villages in their meeting at Nabaka village.

Chairman and Turaga Na Tui Suva Ratu Sanaila Mudunavosa said to make their war against drugs effective all villages must set up a committee to monitor those using the drugs.

Police report showed that last year 23 drug related cases were reported – January – 0; February – 5; March-  1; April – 1; May – 1; June – 4; July – 0; August – 3; September – 2 October – 2; November – 4 and December – 0. Total – 23.

Police representative at the meeting Sergeant (Sgt) Timoci Buliruarua is correct when he says that for the fight against drugs in the district to be effective they need to report the matter to the Lami Police Post for officers to conduct their formal investigation.

Be reminded that the Police will need hard evidence to lay charges and win their case in court.

The Police advice is to report any drug suspicious activity for them to carry out a raid in the particular area. The use of drugs is an international problem and youths are the culprits.

Let us all help stop the cultivation and use of marijuana and other drugs in Fiji.

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