Drug Awareness

Does Jamaica have a Drug Problem???


  • Figures from 2000 estimate the annual drug trade in Jamaica is valued at US$560 Million.
  • 30-40% of Colombian drugs come through Jamaica. Drugs are left behind for local consumption from trafficking activities. 
  • 20% of the population has used Ganja.
  • There are approximately 15,000 users of crack-cocaine On the island.
  • 12.6%, or 41,500, adolescents have both alcohol and drug related problems.
  • Social acceptance of alcohol contributes to use/abuse.
  • The increase in criminal activities and violence are a threat to our social and economic stability.
  • Smuggler’s use legitimate means for transport - this translates to a loss of time, money, and business as legitimate trade must be policed.

Did You Know?

The age group most affected is 18-25 years. This represents the immediate future and potential of this nation.

  • Ganja is not a harmless drug. It’s often ‘the gateway’ to the next step downward!
  • Crack-cocaine is usually addictive after the first use.


Why don’t people "Just say NO"???

What are the Risk Factors?


  • Crack is readily AVAILABLE anywhere on the island
  • AFFORDABLE: J$100 can buy you a hit!


  • Unemployment, Poverty, Violence
  • Breakdown of the Family
  • Corruption
  • Lack of Drug Education and Awareness
  • Family members or Peers use


  • Absence of a father
  • Lack of self-esteem
  • No hope or purpose for life
  • Escape from the Pain of life: neglect or abuse
  • Lack of teaching/modeling of life skills
  • Socio-economic background