Fijians urged to join efforts against drugs-Xinhua

Fijians urged to join efforts against drugs

Source: Xinhua| 2024-07-02 19:41:00|Editor: huaxia

SUVA, July 2 (Xinhua) -- Fiji launched the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking Week on Tuesday, with the theme "Be responsible, make the right choice and stay away from drugs."

During the opening ceremony, Assistant Minister for Education Iliesa Vanawalu said Fiji can prevent drug abuse through a united front in education and awareness programs, urging all sectors of society to join forces in the war against drugs, reported Fiji Broadcasting Corporation.

If a student decides to use or abuse drugs or any other substance now, the cost can range from heart and lung damage, school dropout, unemployment, family problems and many more negative repercussions, Vanawalu said.

He said everyone needs to be more vigilant to protect children and youths from the drug pandemic, which could cause various health issues, including mental ill-health and the rise in HIV cases due to unsafe drug practices.

Serious concerns have been raised in Fiji over the impact of drugs in the Pacific island nation.

According to Acting Chief Executive Officer for Substance Abuse Advisory Council Josua Naisele, drug abuse cases in Fiji's schools have been increasing in the past three years, with 2,200 drug cases recorded in 2021, 2,800 cases in 2022 and 3,500 cases last year.