Ten drug abuse cases involving children recorded in 2018
January 21, 2019 4:51 pm
Child Services Assistant Director, Ela Tukutukulevu
Ten cases of drug abuse in children were recorded by the Social Welfare Department’s Child Services last year.
This is an increase compared to two cases recorded in 2017.
Child Services Assistant Director, Ela Tukutukulevu says most of these reports were referred to them from schools while some are from the Police Force.
Tukutukulevu says glue sniffing tops the list in children especially students.
“Sometimes they do these things and parents are not aware that their children are involved and that their children are taking all these substances. Glue sniffing for example and so again it’s our case work and our case management with parents.”
Tukutukulevu says most of these children are left unsupervised causing them to resort to such acts.
All these cases involved males where one was under the age of 12, eight were between 13 and 15 with one at the age of 16.
The Child Services has recorded a total of 15 drug abuse cases in children since 2012.