Amid new drug trends and threats, Saint Lucia’s Substance Abuse Advisory Council Secretariat (SAACC) has advised parents and guardians to be vigilant, especially regarding their children’s social media use.
SAACC Acting Coordinator Natasha Lloyd-Felix told the Health Ministry’s Communications Unit of the Council’s awareness of new substances in the region and likely Saint Lucia.
Lloyd-Felix explained that the substances might include cookies and cakes, possibly containing products that pose a risk to children’s health and well-being and could impair their judgement.
She requested parents to heighten their awareness and alertness about their children’s social media use.
“We do note an increased level of creativity in marketing of these products using popular forums on which young people dialogue and communicate,” the SAACC official stated.
Lloyd-Felix urged parents and guardians to caution young people about what they buy or consume.
She said creative methods are in use, offering young people products that might seem attractive and normal but might contain items that could threaten their health and safety.