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Friday, April 04, 2003 - The Drug Abuse and Control Secretariat has concluded a survey of secondary schools nationwide, it has passed on to the Cabinet of Ministers for review. According to Clement Edwards, the Director of the Secretariat, the survey which was commissioned in April of 2002, has already been analysed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

“I think it has some information that can help us in terms of developing programmes and activities to address some of the problems identified. Also to maybe make recommendations to the Ministry of Education which was also instrumental in the development of this study, as well as maybe the Minister of Health and other stakeholders, to look at the policy guidelines as it relates to young people in Saint Lucia,” said Edward.

According to Edwards, later this month, the survey will be made available to the wider public. “Subsequently we’ll have a press conference with stakeholders and other key personnel so that we can disseminate the information that came out of the study, so that persons can understand, what the extent of drug use is in the secondary schools system.”

The UNDP funded the training and implementation of the survey, while the Drug Abuse and Control Secretariat provided the logistics and personnel to conduct the survey.

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