Parents urged to educate children from young on dangers of substance abuse

Participants of the colouring contest pose for a photo with invited speakers during the event.

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By Malcolm Lau

KUCHING, March 10: It is never too early to educate the young ones about the dangers of drug, alcohol and tobacco addiction and the impact addiction will have on them.

Non-governmental organisation Habitat for Indigenous and Urban Programme (Hidup) and Persatuan Wanita Puncak Borneo (PWPB) organised a talk and exhibition themed ‘Prevention of Drug Addiction’ at Kpg Assum, Padawan this morning.

Speakers from various organisations such as the National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK) and Organisation for Addiction Prevention Treatment and Rehabilitation (OAPTAR) were invited to give speeches on the dangers of substance abuse.

According to Hidup president George Young Si Ricord Jr and PWPB chairman, Mimi Stephen, drug abuse prevention starts with parents taking a proactive approach towards engaging their children in open and honest communication about such issues.

Parents also act as important role models and are encouraged to spend more time with their children when having meals or family outings where the children can communicate with their parents comfortably.

Meanwhile, a colouring competition was also held for children whose parents attended the talk.

For further information on Hidup’s activities, follow them on Facebook under ‘HIDUP Kuching’ or contact them at 0111-8580528/0111-8990528. — DayakDaily