The Nationwide Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) observes Drug Consciousness Week November 15 to 21, underneath the theme “Take your Time, will probably be Fantastic….Keep Wholesome and Drug Free.”
The NCDA yearly observes drug consciousness month in November to extend consciousness and promote the energetic involvement of residents to forestall substance use and misuse and search assist for substance dependence and make more healthy way of life choices.
In a information launch, the NCDA famous that the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced vital modifications to all points of life as we all know it in Jamaica and internationally. Whereas these have been largely unfavourable, with virus-related deaths, decreased human interplay, lack of employment, faculty closure, changes to the digital world and numerous different modifications which have elevated stress ranges, the Council mentioned it’s encouraging Jamaicans to assume positively and take steps to be as wholesome as attainable.
In underscoring the theme, Govt Director on the NCDA, Michael Tucker mentioned, “Take your time, will probably be nice…keep wholesome and Drug Free” is a message of hope and resilience for everybody – younger and outdated, employers, staff, the unemployed, college students, academics, pastors, church members, wealthy or poor. As a nation, we’ve been pressured to regulate, nevertheless, some have discovered it simpler than others-However there’s a gentle on the finish of this tunnel.”
He additional acknowledged, “A theme comparable to this supplies wanted encouragement to reassure us all that higher days are forward, and till then, we as Jamaicans should do all we will to stay wholesome.” The NCDA reminds Jamaicans of some instructed suggestions for managing general well being beneath:
– Maintaining a healthy diet meals
– Partaking in common bodily exercise
– Abstaining fully from drug use or decreasing drug use – significantly from smoking as this instantly impacts the lungs and extreme alcohol use places you in danger for adversarial results should you contract COVID
– Getting sufficient sleep
– Staying related together with your family members and assist community
– Discovering acceptable stress-relieving and problem-solving methods
Tucker additional harassed that, “We wish to encourage our Jamaican household to hunt skilled assist should you or a cherished one is unable to handle your/their feelings, management your behaviour or overcome problematic drug utilizing habits. Selecting to train optimistic pondering frequently can be useful and affect our emotions and finally our behaviour. Whereas we all know the stressors and difficulties are actual, there may be hope. So take your time…will probably be nice…..keep wholesome and drug free.”