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Getting kids to 'wise up' about the drug craze

CNB's engaging methods include mock autopsy table to depict dangers

Published on Jun 24, 2014 9:19 AM
 
Ms G Sriranjani, a programme officer at CNB’s preventive education department, says sessions with schoolchildren include teaching them to know when they are being pressured by “friends” to take drugs and how to deal with it. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

Singapore's drug busters have adopted a more engaging approach in opening the eyes of students to the dangers of drugs.

Skits involving students is the latest addition to a string of interactive moves to get those in the 12-to-18 age group to say "no" to drugs.

Roadshows, videos and a bus fitted with digital devices have also been launched to drive home the message in a lively manner.

These sessions at schools, junior colleges, institutes of education (ITEs) and polytechnics used to be conducted in a less interesting manner, with officers from the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) giving talks, with Powerpoint slides, during assembly sessions.

 
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THE 'SUBVERSIVE' WAY

Lectures won't cut it. You have to use 'guerilla warfare', different mediums such as the performing arts and sports.

- Dr Ken Ung, a consultant psychiatrist at Adam Road Medical Centre

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