Marijuana, tobacco, alcohol and kava use by students have decreased a lot according to an Impact Evaluation Report on the Training of Trainers for Teachers from 2009-2011 released by the National Substance Abuse Advisory Council recently.
The record in the decrease of drug and substance abused was based on the comparison of findings from two field researches conducted in 2004 and 2010.
The 2010 research was conducted on a sample of 2141 students from 29 secondary schools using the World Health Organisation's Global Youth Tobacco Survey.
Tobacco use by students decreased by 7 percent, alcohol by 13 percent, kava by 16 percent marijuana by 8 percent.
It was noted that in the 2010 survey some students had practiced rubber smoking, glue and benzene sniffing but these are between 3 percent for rubber smoke, 10 percent for glue sniffing and 13 percent for benzene sniffing.
The research also showed that efforts of various stakeholders such as the Police, Ministry of Health and teachers have made the difference in the decline in drugs and substance abuse in schools between 2004-2010. The results of this research was released at a recent training of teachers in the Northern Division to deal with such problems.
A total of 34 teachers from 29 schools in the Macuata, Bua and Cakaudrove provinces attended the training.
The training focused on how teachers can address and counsel students on the issues of drugs, HIV AIDS and how they are interrelated with child abuse and violence against girls and women.
Teachers are trained to efficiently disseminate information on the four issues.