Inculcating awareness from young age can aid prevention of drug, alcohol addiction

Jamalie presenting a certificate of participation to one of the pupils, while Mazlan (third from right) and others look on.

By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, March 24: Holding awareness programmes on the dangers of drug and alcohol addictions at the early stage of children’s learning processes will help prevent them from getting involved with these negative activities.

“School pupils need to know and hear facts about drugs and it is about time that they learn to say ‘No’ ,” opined National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK) Miri chief Mazlan Jikran.

Saying this to 40 pupils from 10 primary schools within Subis district at the closing of ‘Kem Pintar 2019 — Program Intelek Asuhan Rohani’ which was held at Niah National Park on Friday (March 22), Mazlan added, it is crucial to give these children in the early stage of their life information and facts about drugs and the consequences of substance abuse.

The four-day programme which kicked off on March 19 ended on Friday. The closing ceremony was officiated at by Subis district officer Jamalie Busri.

Apart from highlighting the dangers of drug abuse through talks, facilitators from AADK Miri also covered topics such as alcohol addiction.

Mazlan said, such programmes are meant to raise the younger generation’s awareness on how drugs and alcohol addiction could negatively impact their lives.

The pupils were from Primary 2, 4 and 6 and were accompanied by their teachers. — DayakDaily