The National Drug Council (NDC) is preparing to conduct its Student Drug Use Survey. The NDC has been conducting the survey since 1998. Luisa McLaughlin, a research and information officer with NDC, says “it’s important to gather information to understand the drug situation among students in the Cayman Islands.” The surveys helps the NDC identify trends in student drug use, and develop programmes to help students live drug free lives.
The latest drug survey, conducted in 2014, showed that tobacco use has decreased in young people. The survey also showed that alcohol and marijuana are the drug of choice for teens, with both seeing an increase in consumption. This year’s questionnaire has been split between two age groups, Year 7-8 and Year 9 – 12. The survey is completely confidential, and volunteer based.
The NDC is also seeking the help of the public, to volunteer to assist with conducting the survey. The council hopes to get 60 volunteers to conduct surveys at John Gray High School and Clifton Hunter High School.
For more information contact the NDC by calling 949-9000 or visiting the website.