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The National Drug Abuse Control Council, NDACC, has two officers responsible for Belize Rural South; namely, Ms. Kristina Romero, Drug Educator and Ms. Joyce Eliis, Outreach Caseworker. Although, they do not have an office on the island as yet, they are very much committed to helping the residents of San Pedro.  

During the past year, they have both visited the schools and assisted them in Drug Prevention Education as well as counseling when it was deemed necessary. However, their work doesn’t end there; and they are now asking the San Pedro community to assist them in making this island as drug-free for our children as possible.

“As we socialize, we hear that our children of today are going down the wrong path, or that the alcohol and other drugs are taking over our children,” commented Kristina Romero, District Coordinator, NDACC, Ministry of Health. “But what are we doing to assuage the situation? As the old saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child” so we must come together to help our youth realize that there is a time and place for everything in life.”

“We are asking for your assistance in making reports to the proper authorities when you see young children buying alcohol or tobacco at stores, or make reports when you see them at nightclubs and bars. Many a times, we talk about it in our cliques but we don’t do anything about it. Parents, businesses, teachers, principals, community on a whole, if we don’t do something about these instances we will end up with a much higher rate of alcoholics and drug abusers on our island.”

“NDACC is here to help as much as we can but we can only do so much… We ask school principals to call us for Drug Education presentations. Please do not wait until situations are out of control to contact us and then expect us to do the impossible. Work with us on a daily basis and although we don’t have offices here, we do come to the island when a school requests us for events. With this said, we thank everyone who has been working alongside us since the beginning of our assignment here in April of 2011.”

For more information on services offered, you can contact us at 227-0528 or [email protected].

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4 Comments

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    The article is somewhat vague.  You ask us to make a report.  To wqhom do we make the report?  Who will step up to take action on the report?

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    The NDACC is asking the community to contact them so they know which students from what school are breaking these laws so that they know which schools to target more with the Drug Prevention Programs. Their phone number and email addresss is listed at the end of the article.

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    Thank you guys for your response... As to the question above of where to make the report or to whom... you can contact the business owner and bring it to his/her attention that the person they are selling to is a minor, you can inform the scchool they go to, of you can give us a call. The same goes for students being at the clubs, bring it to the attention of the business owners, I am quite sure that they want to keep our youth safe and healthy and that is priority over them making a couple of dollars... Again, if you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at 227-0528 or email us at [email protected]. Once again, thank you for your support in making our island as drug-free and healthy as possible.

     

    Kristina Romero

    District Coordinator

    NDACC

    Ministry of Health

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    Make a report to them...and they will take action on the report. They are efficient.

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