St Mary teen gets eye-opening experience
RICHMOND, St Mary:
A 19-year-old high school student from Richmond, St Mary, has praised the United Nations Office on Drug Control (UNODC) for sending him to Vienna, Austria, earlier this month for a two-day youth conference.
National Council on Drug Abuse youth representative Austin Reid was one of two Jamaicans who participated in summit, which brought together young people from 27 different countries to discuss and share drug prevention strategies.
Reid told The Gleaner: "Travelling to Austria was an awesome experience because I got so much information from people with different backgrounds.
"We spent the first day interacting, socialising and getting to know each other, before formulating groups to discuss the reasons for drug use and their consequences. And then, on the second day, we made a joint statement that we presented to the [UNODC's] Narcotics Drug Commission.
"I learned that although we have some tragic drug activities here, things are really bad in places like West Africa where 11-year-old boys are given guns to go kill people; and Bangladesh where 13-year-old girls are sold into Human Trafficking by family members workers, and workers who earn less than US$1 a day are given amphetamines to make them work faster."