Participants at the Drug Education Seminar for Pastors and Ministry Leaders hosted by the NCSA.
The National Council on Substance Abuse (NCSA) is widening its scope of those who are equipped in the fight against drug abuse to include religious leaders and church ministers.
Close to 50 participants gathered at the NCSA Headquarters today for the Drug Education Seminar as part of the Association’s month of activities.
NCSA Manager Betty Hunte, in delivering the opening remarks, said the NCSA needs as much assistance as possible to ensure that factual information regarding drug use and abuse reaches the most vulnerable in the community- particularly children, the youth and the elderly.
She said the church is a counted within the NCSA's "most important stakeholders".
“Institutions like yours seek to strengthen many of the target audiences in our prevention programs. You exist almost cheek by jowl with rum shops in communities and so these factors place faith-based organizations in a unique position to enhance existing prevention approaches."
Reverend Cheryl Trotman, in her remarks, said the church should be have an action plan for any serious issue affecting society including substance abuse.
“At times, I have heard for myself some say they hope 'these people with these problems' would just by pass my church go to that one on the corner, we have enough to deal with on our plate but ... we going are going to arm ourselves from now and be ready for anything that comes up and challenges the word of God because whether you like it or not, our people are affected by this substance abuse.”
The seminar will educate church leaders about the signs and symptoms of drug use, how to identify drugs and about research findings of drug trends.
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