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7-year-olds ‘using ganja’

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THE AVERAGE AGE of first use of marijuana in Barbados is seven, a survey conducted by the Criminal Justice Research and Planning Unit (CJRPU) has found.

And director Cheryl Willoughby, who made the revelation, has expressed extreme concern at the findings as well as the extent of use of the illegal drug.

She said it is time for a stronger effort and a change in approach to tackling the problem by targeting children from a far younger age.

“We have to start at the nursery level when children can understand safe drugs and bad drugs. We have to start with the little cough medicine and so on and build them up to a stage where they understand that certain drugs are not good for their bodies,” she said.

The revelation came at the opening ceremony of the 11-Plus programme In the Winner’s Circle: Making the Right Choice at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill yesterday. (WILLCOMM)

Please read the full story in today’s Weekend Nation, or in the eNATION edition.

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