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Many admitted to St Giles linked to substance abuse: COMPOL

12:59 Mon Sep 10, 2018


Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho while opening the United States Drug Enforcement Agency workshop on Clandestine Labs in Suva

Taken from/By: Fiji Police Force
Report by: Akosita Talei

It’s been revealed that close to 100 out of 500 people admitted at the St Giles hospital in Suva from May last year to April this year have succumbed to the effects of substance abuse.

This was highlighted by Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho while opening the United States Drug Enforcement Agency workshop on Clandestine Labs in Suva this morning.

Brigadier General Qiliho says the most common substance abused according to health officials are marijuana, methamphetamine, cigarettes, kava and alcohol.

“Methamphetamine has made it to the list of the common substances abused and that should ring alarm bells. Last month I revealed how a mother of a 17-year-old girl reached out for help as her daughter was showing symptoms of drug abuse linked to methamphetamine use. As a father, I was overwhelmed with different emotions and sought answers to try and comfort the distress mother, knowing that this is new to the family not knowing what to do. When the news broke of this young girl succumbing to the effects of methamphetamine use, it triggered a lot of discussion because it was new to us as a society.”

Meanwhile, officials from the US, one of the world’s premier drug enforcement organizations are in the country to share their knowledge and expertise on the rapid and expanding drug trade.

Officers from the Police force together with revenue and customs authority are part of the two weeks training.



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