Even with bans and restrictions in place, drugs and alcohol are seen as easy for young people to get their hands on. In the most recent survey available, four out of ten students in Cayman say they’ve had a drink in the past 12 months. About half of those surveyed say it’s easy to get a hold of if they wanted it.
Two former addicts have gone into John Gray high school to teach the youth about not wanting it, because the dangers of drug abuse led them to awful experiences they don’t want others to repeat.
“We must insure that our kids are told and educated about the consequences of drugs, the loss of jobs, being unemployed, not being able to travel, having struggle even getting work, developing a criminal record from an early age, all those things keep our kids stuck,” said Brent Hydes from the Hope Foundation,
Mr. Hydes says one of the main factors why Cayman’s re-offending crime rate is so high is due to drug addictions. For more information about the dangers of substance abuse and prevention methods, we’ve put a link to the National Drug Council on our website.