KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) has reported that alcohol, ganja and tobacco are the main substances being abused by adults and youth in Jamaica.
The NCDA said it is now intensifying efforts to reduce substance abuse among young people, particularly children.
Research Analyst at the NCDA, Uki Atkinson, said that while the overall trend in relation to drug use in Jamaica is showing a slight decrease over the last few years, “we are still concerned about the early introduction of varying substances to minors”.
“What we want to achieve is a shift in that culture, as it is proven that the risk of harm is greater in less mature individuals,” she pointed out.
She noted, however, that there are concerns about non-traditional methods as well as new substances being utilised.
Lean is comprised of prescription strength cough syrup containing codeine, carbonated beverage and candy that is ingested orally in an effort to achieve a form of intoxication or high.