Kids ‘know too much about drugs’ - police

2018-04-03 06:01
Maitland police and the community policing forum educated children about drugs.

Maitland police and the community policing forum educated children about drugs.

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Too much knowledge about drugs has challenged Maitland police to find new strategies to prevent the further spread of this scourge.

Maitland police spokesperson, Captain Louis Solomons, says they could not believe the responses they heard from children, under the age of 15, during their interaction held on Wednesday 21 March.

Solomons says they hosted about 200 children at an event held at Garden Village Primary School.

Apparently dagga is a familiar topic among the children.

“It was surprising to find that they are familiar with drugs, especially dagga. It is a sign that something needs to be done. As part of our ongoing community programmes, we will develop a plan to tackle this before it is too late.

“Yes, we did educate them about the danger of using drugs and what to do if they see drugs, but with what we saw, that alone is not enough. More needs to be done and we cannot do it alone.”

Solomons urges parents to take the future of their children seriously and make sure they are not exposed to thing that could jeopardise that future. Solomons says parents need to spend quality time with their children and monitor the types of activities they get involved in after school.

According to him, the event was held at the school following suspicions of drug use and/or exposure to drugs by minors and they wanted to deal with the problem before it escalates.

He says the major challenge facing Maitland Garden Village is unemployment, leading many people to get involved in negative activities.

In a neighbouring community, Kensington High School principal Hazel Manuel recently revealed that the school is dealing with issues of drug use among the learners. She says the school is using after-school programmes as a measure to keep learners busy and she invites community stakeholders to partner with them in finding solutions.

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