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PDEA, DOH urge young people to avoid illegal drugs

DOH Negros Oriental Nurse Gemarle Secong discussing the harmful effects of illegal drug abuse during the Campus Symposium on Anti-Illegal Drugs held Dec. 14, 2022 at Junob National High School, Dumaguete City. (KAT/PIA7 Negros Oriental)

DUMAGUETE CITY, Negros Oriental, Dec. 21 (PIA) -- Authorities here urged young people to avoid illegal drugs to ensure their safe future.

Officials from the Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Authority (PDEA) shared with the senior high school students of Taclobo National High School and Junob National High School about the harmful effects of illegal drugs during the Campus Symposium on Anti-Illegal Drugs held on Dec. 13 and 14, respectively.

The activity was led by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), under the auspices of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) of Negros Oriental in support to the government’s anti-illegal drugs campaign.

DOH Negros Oriental Nurse Gemarle Secong discussed the commonly-abused substances and forms of illegal drugs and its negative effects on the human body.

She said that aside from changes in the physical body of the substance abuser, illegal drugs also affects a person’s mental state such as visual, auditory, and tactile hallucinations and paranoia.

Posible na mahimong violent or dili ba makapatay og tawo tungod sa iyahang hallucination (It’s possible that a person can turn violent or even kill because of the hallucinations),” Secong warned the students.

Meanwhile, PDEA Officer Carlito Mascardo Jr. discussed the criminal aspect of illegal drug use.

PDEA Negros Oriental Officer Carlito Mascardo Jr. discussing the criminal aspect of illegal drugs to students of Taclobo National High School during the Campus Symposium held Dec. 13, 2022. (KAT/PIA7 Negros Oriental)
PIA Negros Oriental Information Center Manager Jennifer Tilos (standing) giving the rationale of the Campus Symposium on Anti-Illegal Drug Use conducted at Junob National High School on Dec. 14, 2022. (KAT/PIA7 Negros Oriental)

Kung ma-involve man ka sa illegal drugs, naa nay mga crime na mahimo nimo. Aside sa crimes, there are other related crimes. Mahimo na ikaw mangawat, murder, then naa pay rape with homicide (If you get involved in illegal drugs, there is a tendency you can commit other crimes. There’s a possibility you can commit theft, murder, or even rape with homicide),” Mascardo said.

Mascardo also oriented them on the sanctions of illegal drug activities.

Also discussed during the activity were the common reasons why young people get involved in illegal drugs or substance abuse such as poverty, curiosity, peer pressure, problems within family or in school, conflicts in love life, depression, and lack of parental guidance.  

Both officials also shared tips on how young people can avoid turning to illegal drugs or substance abuse.

“Choose your friends wisely. Engage in sports. Find someone na maka-share ka sa imong problema (Look for someone you can talk to, to unload your problems),” Secong said.

“If you have friends, neighbor, or kaila ninyo na gikan sa broken family, ayaw ninyo kantyawi. Ayaw ninyo i-bully. Inyo na sila tabangan kay some of them lack attention. Inyo na tabangan para di sila makat-on og vices (If you have friends, neighbor, or other people who come from a broken family, please don’t bully them. Help them so they won’t turn to vices),” Mascardo added.

The campus symposium was an offshoot of the discussion during a Kapihan sa PIA forum on Nov. 15 where principals from public secondary schools welcomed the conduct of anti-illegal drug symposiums to their students to prevent them from turning to illegal drugs.  (RAL/PIA7 Negros Oriental) 

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Roi Anthoni Lomotan


Region 7

Roi Anthoni Lomotan is an Information Officer at Philippine Information Agency (PIA) - 7. He is currently based in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. His job at PIA includes covering general beat assignments and other important events in the province.

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