January 2017 is Drug Awareness Month, and is being observed under the theme: ‘Listen First’, as adopted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
According to the United Nations Office on drugs and crime, “Listen First” is an initiative to increase support for prevention of drug use based on science, and is an effective investment in the well-being of children and youth, their families and their communities.
Over the years, the national drug prevention unit has taken several initiatives to raise awareness about the dangers and ills of drugs among the vulnerable population and the public in general.
In a recent statement, Acting Health Minister Ivor Stephenson appealed to parents, to practice listening to their children, as this plays an important role in improved family relationships, family cohesion, and child pro-social behavior.
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