THE National Substance Abuse Advisory Committee is walking the extra mile to conduct consultations and receive submissions on the Draft Volatile Substance Abuse Decree.
The committee told principals at the Fiji principals conference in Labasa yesterday there was a need to hear the voice and opinions of the public for the benefit of their children.
In his presentation, committee education officer health Josua Naisele said a common substance abuse was glue sniffing.
He said the inhaling of the substance was prevalent among children, especially high school students.
"So far, we have a total of 212 reported cases of students sniffing glue. There are other cases out there where students consume alcohol, yaqona and also marijuana," Mr Naisele said.
"Substance abuse has many negative physiological effects. The effects depend on the drug, the amount, method and frequency of use.
"We are using workshops, forums and conferences as such to increase our awareness of this decree so people can contribute effectively to it."
Mr Naisele said they had received many reasonable submissions over the past months.
"The consultation and submission process is expected to be completed by the end of next month.
"We are stressing the need for students to carry ID cards with them when buying inhalant substances and for shop owners to not sell such items to those under the age of 18."