Students on best behaviour for drug survey

| 13/05/2014

(CNS): Volunteers are currently gathering critical information from Cayman’s teenagers in the National Drug Council's 7th Cayman Islands Student Drug Survey (CISDUS). Despite reports about mounting behaviour problems in government schools, volunteers interviewing the students in this survey have found the opposite. “The students were exceptionally well behaved,” said one of the volunteers working on the project, which will pull together the latest data regarding the extent and patterns of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs used among students in grades 7 to 12 across the Islands.

The study will provide a better understanding of both current and changing rates of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. The data allows those working in the field to address the negative effects of substance abuse in the community to appropriately allocate resources as well as continue to give those working with young people a base for preparing and improving programmes directed toward our youth.

“The survey is off to a good start, we have some returning volunteers as well as a number of new volunteers who display enthusiasm and a high level of commitment for this project” said Luisa McLaughlin, Research and Information Officer, National Drug Council, who extended the thanks from the NDC to those who had given up their time to help.

“It is with the continued high level of support and commitment we received from individuals in our community that make it possible for our organization to administer the survey in an efficient and timely manner,” she added.

For information on how to become a volunteer, copies of our briefs or questions/queries please contact us at 949-9000 or email: or visit us at

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  1. Anonymous says:

    will they be testing for STDs as well?