15 Dec 2005

Alcohol, kava, tobacco and cannabis use high among Fiji youth

2:25 pm on 15 December 2005

Alcohol, kava, tobacco and cannabis top a list of drugs consumed by young people in Fiji.

The national council on substance abuse has come up with the list following a year of research involving more than 2-thousand Fijians between 13 and 15 years old.

It found 69 per cent of respondents have tried kava, 51 per cent alcohol, 43 per cent cigarettes, and 13 per cent cannabis.

The director of the substance abuse council, Misaele Driubalavu, attributes the level of drug consumption to the influences of peers, television and magazines.

The report's conclusions have been sent to the ministers of health and education, as well as the senate committee on the use of illicit drugs.