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Thwaites says schoolboys buying Viagra shows importance of health and family life lessons

Published:Monday | December 7, 2015 | 12:17 AM
Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites has described the purchase of the drugs by the schoolboys as folly.

Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites, says reports of schoolboys buying Viagra on the streets of Kingston and St Andrew, emphasises the importance of the family life curriculum in schools. 

The drug is used to treat erectile dysfunction in men.

Yesterday, The Sunday Gleaner reported that two varieties of the pills are being sold near the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre and in several areas in downtown Kingston at prices between $800 and $600. 

The education minister has described the purchase of the drugs by the schoolboys as folly. 

Thwaites notes that the health and family life lessons are important in helping the boys to understand their health and make good decisions. 

 

Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites

Viagra must be prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner. 

Some of the pills that were being sold contained the marking DL, which are alleged to be a fake version of Viagra out of China, which have the same effect as the original prescription tablets.

Meanwhile, erectile dysfunction medication can have a number of adverse effects such as upset stomach, abnormal vision, nausea, dizziness, rashes, indigestion, and back and muscle pain.

Medical doctor, Dr Shane Alexis, says the relevant government agencies must partner to immediately address the illegal sale of the drug.