Education Ministry to work with Int’l Narcotics Board

first_img…to tackle drug use in schoolsThe Education Ministry will be working along with the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) to clamp down on the use of drugs among students in schools across Guyana.A team from INCB, comprising Stefano Berterame and Dr Raul Martin del Campo Sanchez, met with Chief Education Officer (CEO) Marcel Hutson and other senior officials of the Education Ministry on Thursday at the Brickdam boardroom.During the meeting, the two parties discussed how they can work together to eradicate and mitigate drug use in schools across the country. Further, the INCBCEO Marcel Hutson along with the INCB representatives and other officials from the Education Ministry posed for a photo after the meetingwanted to be apprised of where the Ministry was with regard to the Drug Production and Trafficking Legislation.According to the INCB officials, such feedback is necessary so that they can proffer advice and make recommendations to the Education Ministry where necessary.It was further revealed during the meeting that 39 teachers from 20 schools within Georgetown have been trained to integrate drug prevention training and strategies within the existing curricula for secondary schools.In 2017, the focus was mainly on conducting sensitisation sessions in schools that were vulnerable to drug use.Currently, the Education Ministry is working out the modalities to address referral protocols and preliminary screening for students and teachers who are suspected drug users. The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and the World Health Organisation are currently assisting the Ministry with this process.A study conducted in 2013 on the prevalence of drug use among secondary school students in Guyana has revealed an alarming trend showing that students as young as 12 years old are engaged in the use of both licit and illicit substances.The Secondary School Drug Prevalence Survey Project was done by the Organisation of American States (OAS) Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), in collaboration with the Government of Guyana. Some 1890 students from 28 schools participated in the study – 92.5 per cent from public schools and 7.5 per cent from private schools. These students were from Grades 8, 10, 11 and Sixth Form. Approximately 43.8 per cent of the participants were between the ages of 11 and 14.The report indicated that alcohol, cigarettes, inhalants and marijuana were the most commonly used drugs among the student population. It was noted that 19 per cent of the students have admitted using an illegal drug at least once in their lifetime, while 52 per cent said they have consumed alcohol. However, the findings showed that there was a higher prevalence of drug use among private school students.The following percentages of participants also admitted to using these other drugs once in their lifetime: 10.8 per cent of the participants admitted to having used inhalants/solvents; 16.8 per cent used tobacco; 6.6 per cent used marijuana: 3.2 per cent used tranquilisers; 1.6 per cent used ecstasy and 1.4 per cent used cocaine. Eighteen per cent of these students are from public school, while some 24.5 per cent are private school students.However, 7.6 per cent of the students said they have tried an illegal drug for the first time within the past year (dated from when the survey was done). More alarmingly, it was outlined that students as young as 10 years, eight months are using inhalants, while those 12 and above were using substances such as alcohol, cocaine, and marijuana.Most of the students said they usually get alcohol from shops, while marijuana and cocaine were acquired from friends and relatives. Moreover, marijuana was found to be the most accessible illegal drug, while cocaine was the least accessible.last_img read more

Revealed: The ONE natural ingredient that unblocks clogged pores, reduces oiliness and heals acne-prone skin – and you can buy it at the chemist

first_img‘It’s effective for mild to moderate forms of acne, if you have oily skin but don’t have active acne, then treatment may not be required.’‘In patients with dry, sensitive or combination skin, it can cause irritation,’ she added.Dr Tomizawa advised those with moderate to severe acne to see a professional for a consultation as a combination of prescription products might work best.‘Timely treatment that’s targeted for your type of acne and management that’s personalised will give you the best chance to clear it and get you back to your best self,’ she concluded.Source If you suffer from acne-prone skin, chances are you have already raided the shelves of your favourite beauty outlet looking for that one miraculous product.However, finding what works to treat the problem isn’t a one-size-fits-all, and it can often be very much a case of trial and error for each individual.Recently a host of new skin care products containing sulphur – a mineral that smells like rotten eggs on its own – have claimed to reduce and heal breakouts.Brands currently offering acne treatments containing sulphur include Murad, Proactiv and Kate Somerville. The reason why sulphur is understood to be effective as a treatment for problem skin is that it helps reduce sebum (oiliness in the skin), explained Dr Andrea Tomizawa of Northern Sydney Dermatology.‘Sulfur is a keratolytic, which means it works by peeling away the top layer of skin,’ she said.‘It draws impurities to the surface and helps to unclog blocked pores.‘I think of it as a natural exfoliate that helps the new layer of skin underneath regenerate and grow.’It’s has anti-bacterial properties which means it can help kill bacteria that cause acne, Dr Tomizawa continued.‘Propionibacterium acnes (or P.acnes) are the main disease-causing bacteria of acne.‘So it’s important that any treatment that claims to have anti-bacterial properties targets these (P.acne) bacteria specifically.’ The skin specialist said although sulphur-based skincare products are safe for most skin types, it’s not recommended for all types as the skin can become excessively dry.last_img read more