Early Warning System For New Drugs Needed

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Barbados needs to establish an early warning system to detect the presence of opioids and amphetamines, along with the emergence of new psychoactive substances (NPS) on the local market. This was one of the recommendations emerging from the findings of the 2016 Barbados Drug Information Network report, which was released by officials at the National Council on Substance Abuse (NCSA), …

NCSA To Host Second Lunchtime Lecture

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Drugs and Seniors will be the focus when the National Council on Substance Abuse hosts its second lunchtime lecture on Tuesday, January 23, at the Chelsea Road Church of God, Chelsea Road, St. Michael, beginning at noon. The lecture will be conducted by former head of the Barbados Pharmaceutical Society, Pharmacist Paul Gibson. Drug Awareness Month 2018 is being celebrated …

New Drug Trend A Concern For Officials

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A new trend is emerging across Barbados where drug users are mixing drugs into a single dosage. The trend is referred to as polydrug use by those involved in the fight against illegal drugs, with marijuana, cocaine, alcohol and cigarettes being identified as those being mixed by users. These were among the findings highlighted in the 2015 Barbados Drug Information …

NCSA Evolving As Drug Trends Change

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The changing trends in drug use in Barbados have not gone unnoticed by the National Council on Substance Abuse (NCSA). And, with the battle lines long drawn in the fight against illegal drugs in the country, Government’s lead agency has increased its arsenal with perhaps the most powerful weapon to date – the approval of the Barbados Anti-Drug Plan. While …

Edna Nicholls Staff Sensitised On Drug Use

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NCSA Manager, Betty Hunte (left) presenting Principal of the Edna Nicholls Centre, Debra Hewitt with drug testing kits at the one-day drug eradication workshop. (C.Pitt/BGIS) With drug use among students on the rise, staff at the Edna Nicholls Out-of-School Suspension Centre is now better equipped to respond to their needs. This comes as 12 staff members, including auxiliary staff, participated …