‘Educate kids on effects of drugs’

Special Agent US Embassy Billy Lewis lectures the students of Marist Bros High School on drugs at the school yesterday. Picture: RAMA

THERE is a need to educate students on the effects of drugs, says Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service special agent Billy Lewis.

He said the fight against drugs was based on starting with grassroots foundation knowledge and education.

“If we can hit the students with foundation knowledge about the drugs, what they are and the bad decisions that come as a result or even experimenting with drugs, then we have provided a platform for them to make wise decisions,” Mr Lewis said.

“The US Embassy in Fiji stands firmly behind Fiji Police Force Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho and his statements that there is an uptake of certain illegal substances in the country.”

In coordination with the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Australian Federal Police (AFP), Diplomatic Security Service and New Zealand Police, he said they were working collectively with the Fiji Police Force on the issue of drugs in its infant stages.

“Since 2016, over the three years I have worked extensively with the AFP, New Zealand Police and we have come together and worked with special units within the Fiji Police Force,” he said.

“Most notably is the drug units and most recently the commissioned Southern Division Taskforce. This was done specifically to combat the recent uptake of meth in Fiji.”

He added they had also worked with the specialty units on the awareness of drugs, the physiology of drugs and how it affected the human body.

Mr Lewis said police officers were trained to identify signs and symptoms when they were responding to a scene and how they would deal with individuals who were high on methamphetamine.


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