Smoke Free Spaces

  The National Council on Drug Abuse and its partners organized a celebration of July 15 as the day the ban against smoking in public places came into effect. The Kingston event was held in Mandella Park and featured an outside broadcast with morning HITZ host Jenny Jenny, flash mob dances, organized marches, information distribution and exhibitions.  The Minister … Read more

Making a Difference in the Nations’ Children

  In an effort to prevent drug use among Jamaican youth, the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) recently completed the Resistance Education Against Drugs (R.E.A.D.) project among 500 children aged five to seven in 25 schools across Jamaica. The initiative was funded through a grant of $5.2 million from the National Health Fund. The … Read more

Jamaica Observes World Drug Day 2013

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking falls on June 26 each year to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society. This day is supported by individuals, communities and various organizations all over the world. The Ministry of National Security and the National Council on Drug … Read more

New High in Life

Today, there is an alarming new drug problem; demand has soared for substances not under international control. New psychoactive substances (NPS) have been known in the market by terms such as “designer drugs”, “legal highs”, “herbal highs”, “bath salts”, “research chemicals”, “laboratory reagents”. To promote clear terminology on this issue, UNODC only uses the term … Read more

The Jamaican War on Drugs

The Jamaican War Against Drugs!     In our own backyard we have been engaged in our own war to stop the illicit trafficking and drug abuse. Drug production and trafficking in Jamaica are both enabled and accompanied by organized crime, domestic and international gang activity, and endemic corruption in all spheres. The Jamaican law stipulates … Read more

World Drug Day 2013

   June 26 is International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking! This day brings a global focus to issues surrounding drug abuse and its dangers to humanity.  These anniversaries stimulate reflection on the effectiveness, and the limitations, of drug policy between and within countries.  The UN General Assembly recognizes that despite continued and increased … Read more

World No Tobacco Day May 31

Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners everywhere mark World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death globally and is currently responsible for killing one in 10 adults worldwide. The international … Read more

“Tek it to Dem” Again!

With a CVC/COIN Community Grant of US$20,000, Jamaica’s National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) trained and employed 10 homeless persons to work as a peer educators from August through November 2012 on a project called Tek it to Dem 2. Tek it to Dem 2 is a project that trained and employed  Peer Educators (PEs) … Read more

NCDA Goes to Florida

The National Council on Drug Abuse was invited to participate in the Pilot Training of Trainers: Training and Certification Programme for Drug and Violence Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation.  The training was held at Miami Dadeland Hotel, Miami Florida, February 4 – 8, 2013. The programme is referred to as PROCCER – a Spanish acronym for … Read more