MANILA The Quezon City Council has passed a resolution urging the Quezon City Anti-Drug Abuse Advisory Council (QCADAAC) and the Quezon City Council Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs to conduct an anti-illegal drugs education program for parents and teachers associations (PTAs) in all public elementary and high schools in the city.
City Council Resolution 7449-2018 authored by Councilor Allan Butch Francisco states that instructions on drug abuse prevention and control shall be integrated in the elementary, secondary and tertiary curricula of all public and private schools.
Student councils and campus organizations in elementary, secondary, and tertiary schools shall include a program for the prevention of drug abuse among students in their activities, the resolution said.
Schools have a significant role to play in addressing illegal drug use and abuse among Filipino children and youth through drug education and other prevention programs, it added.
The Dangerous Drugs Board has identified preventive education programs as a key component of its drug demand reduction-strategy.
The study conducted by the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) said the most effective preventive measure against drug abuse among youth are after-school programs and the adoption of a drug education framework.
DPA is a non-stock, nonprofit organization which promotes drug awareness and prevention.
The QCADAAC and the City Council Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs have been conducting Masa Masid, a drug education program in the barangays (villages) of Quezon City. (PNA)
Source: Philippine News Agency