Narcotics Division (ND) Drug Awareness Workshop
Peer influence, stress, anxiety and curiosity are only a few of the many reasons that can lead youth to take drugs. According to Central Registry of Drug Abuse (2013), 55% of reported drug abusers under 21 years old took drugs due to peer pressure, while 47% took drugs to relieve stress and boredom, and 32% due to curiosity.
With a wide range of reasons for drug use, it is important to take preventative measures through education. Supported by the Narcotics Division, KELY's Life Skill and Drug Awareness Workshop is designed to provide extensive drug and alcohol abuse prevention education to students from ethnic minority and non-Chinese speaking communities. Each year, KELY reaches an average of 8,000 students in over 50 English medium of Instruction secondary schools with this programme. Through sharing personal stories, group discussions and interactive role-playing, the programme provides a range of age-appropriate topics that allow young people to cultivate drug and alcohol awareness, as well as to explore and develop their own values and skills for drug prevention. This workshop also provides a platform for students to talk about substance abuse vis-à-vis, as well as other issues such as bullying, peer pressure and negative self-image.