Who We Are
The National Drug Unit carries out activities relating to treatment, rehabilitation, public awareness, school programmes, outreach programmes, one on one counseling, couples counseling, along with weekly support groups.
The mission of the Turks and Caicos Islands National Drug Council is to reduce the demand and supply for illicit drugs, alcohol and other substances of abuse through an integrated approach by Government Ministries, Departments, Non - Governmental Agenciesand Community Stakeholders in accordance with the National Anit-Drug Strategy.
Overview of Illicit Drug Problems in the TCI
Unil the mid-1980's, drug abuse was not considered a problem in TCI, until a full-blown free base cocaine epidemic peaked. Today, TCI has a severe and persistent drug problem with cocaine and marijuana being the drugs of choice. It has been estimated that approximately 300-500 crack abusers are local. The prison population doubled during the last five years, most the crimes committed in TCI were drug-related.
Demand Reduction: In 2002, the National Drug Unit conducted a school survey that examined the comsumption patters of various substances among the secondary school population. The results revealed that 74.6% of students tried alcohol; 21.8% had tried marijuana; 12.8% had tried inhalants; and 1.7% had tried crack cocaine.
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