On November 1, the Caribbean Students Association (CASA), a St. George’s University student group, teamed up with the Leo Club of St. George’s, a local non-profit organization, to deliver a drug awareness workshop for 40 secondary school students. The workshop, themed “Live Out Your Passion; Stay Away From Drugs,” was the fifth of its kind to be delivered by the club.
The workshop highlighted the effects of drug awareness and showed students the potential legal, medical, and social impacts of drug abuse. Mr. Derrick Croney, a recovering drug addict, gave an insightful talk on his struggles with drugs and how he managed to overcome them and live a drug-free life. Other presentations were delivered by guest speakers Kimber Guy-Renwick, Associate Attorney; Ruggles Ferguson, Attorney at Law; Simon Dixon, Inspector from Grenada’s Police Force Drug Squad; and Dave Alexander and Elizabeth Japal from the Drug Control Unit. The Leo Club and CASA also engaged the students with interactive games, and students discussed and presented their own ideas on the topic of alcohol consumption.
“The fight against the use of illicit drugs among the nation’s youth is an ongoing and collaborative effort,” said Nakisha Mark, Vice President of the Leo Club of St. George’s. “Drug abuse is a local, international, and global issue, and there is a growing need for drug abuse reform. As young individuals, we believe that by raising awareness among our youth through speeches, workshops, and other means, we can contribute to sparking greater review of the issue and proposing useful resolutions.”