Stamp out Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking

Jamaica joins the rest of the world in commemorating the International Day against Illicit Trafficking and Drug Abuse on June 26, 2010. Under the theme, Think Health…not drugs, countries that are signatories to several international anti-drug conventions will focus on the twin problems of drug abuse and illicit trafficking. The National Council on Drug Abuse … Read more

Gender & Tobacco with an Emphasis on Marketing

World No Tobacco Day, May 31, 2010 The significant health consequences of prolonged tobacco use is well known and an ongoing public education about the diseases that smoking causes has ensured that a large percentage of our population is very aware of the negative effects. The combination of carcinogens and addictive nicotine combined in tobacco … Read more

Tek It To Dem

The NCDA’s new project transports homeless persons on a daily basis to established centres so that they can get a bath, meal, first aid and testing. Arrangements are in place for testing of blood samples at the Comprehensive Health Centre. Beyond this, the team accesses anti- retrovirals from existing health centres for the homeless persons … Read more

NCDA Recruits Youngest Volunteers Ever

The National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) launched a drug abuse prevention initiative dubbed READ (Resistance Education Against Drugs) for juniors, ages 5-8 years old. According to Executive Director of the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA), Michael Tucker, “The reality is that we have to start prevention programming early. Our surveys show that Jamaican … Read more

NCDA Takes on Tobacco Study

Jamaica is the only Caribbean country to conduct the Global Health Professional Students Survey (GHPSS). The NCDA is conducting the study with the support of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Centres for Diseases Control (CDC). The World Health Organization (WHO), PAHO,CDC and the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) developed the study. The … Read more

Alcohol & Billboard Advertising

An estimated 666,000 persons in Jamaica have problems related to alcohol abuse and over two thirds of Jamaican adolescents have experimented with alcoholic beverages. Alcohol abuse is directly associated with several deleterious physical and psychological consequences. Marketing practices that may drive alcohol are a cause for concern. Theories posit that advertisements prime adolescents for a … Read more

Optimists Onboard

The Optimist Clubs of Caymanas, North Portmore, Kensington, Spanish Town, North St. Catherine, Eltham and Braeton are working on a joint drug prevention initiative with the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA). Under the leadership of Lieutenant Governor, Janet Hy lton, the clubs will implement the NCDA’s Resistance Education Against Drugs (READ) programme in the … Read more

NCDA Community Clinics Launched

The Minister of Health and Environment, Honourable Rudyard Spencer, launched Jamaica’s first Integrated Community Clinics on Tuesday, January 28, 2008 at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston. The ten (10) community centres will serve substance abusers, persons living with HIV/AIDS, victims of trauma and violence, children with delinquent behaviours and their parents. According to the … Read more