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Substance abuse seminars launched

Published:Friday | May 18, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Regional Head of the International Commission for the Prevention of Alcoholism, Victor Roach, has announced the launch of a series of substance-abuse seminars and workshops, which will be held at strategic locations across the island.

The seminars are held to inform individuals about the harmful effects of drugs and how to say no to them. They are open to the general public and will cater to all levels of schools and various civic clubs.

"The abuse of drugs has created and continues to wreak havoc in families," said Pastor Milton Gregory, secretary and health ministries director of the Jamaica Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. "If one person in the family is affected, it can have a ripple effect on that family and the wider society. This is why we believe it is important to have these seminars in specific areas across the island with the hope that by so doing we can positively impact the society."

One of the key functions of the Barbados-based ICPA is advocacy, and Roach, who has been adding the association's voice for a ban on smoking in public places in the region.The seminars will continue on Saturday, May 19 at the Santa Cruz Adventist Church at 3 p.m., then on Sunday, May 20, 'Camp Don', Robins Bay, St Mary at 9:30 a.m.

Monday, May 21, East Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists headquarters on Constant Spring Road, St Andrew.