21st August 04:14 AM
1,634 cases of drugs and substance abuse in schools recorded last year
By Semi Turaga
Tuesday 11/06/2019
Rolls of Marijuana

1,634 cases of drugs and substance abuse in schools was recorded by the National Substance Abuse and Advisory Council last year.

There were 417 cases recorded in primary schools while 1,217 cases were recorded in secondary schools.

The National Substance Abuse and Advisory Council says the most number of cases were from schools in Suva which was 434 cases.

738 of the cases involved students smoking cigarettes, 301 of the cases involved students sniffing inhalants like glue while there were 118 cases of students smoking marijuana.

There were 273 cases that involved students drinking alcohol and there were 193 cases of students drinking kava.

They did not record any data of students found with hard drugs like Methamphetamine.

There were 11 cases of secondary school students dealing drugs in schools.

The data in the International Day Against Drugs Abuse and Illicit Trafficking Booklet was gathered through evaluation forms submitted by 796 primary and secondary schools in Fiji.

The submission rate was 87.5 percent.

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