According to experts, artists who glorify cheating, drug use, and meanness through music are classified as negative influences that cause students to misbehave.
The influence of popular culture and its impact on the behavior of our children is currently being examined in a multi-million dollar national drug prevalence survey funded by the Department of Health and Welfare.
Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton made the revelation during a joint press briefing, held yesterday (September 1) in conjunction with education officials at the ministry’s offices in New Kingston.
Following the participation of one hundred and sixty (160) students in grades 8 to 10 and twenty (20) guidance counselors, the study revealed that the party drug “molly” was among the substances sought by students from high school.
Searcher, Uki Atkinsonin her presentation, focused on the impact and influence of our artists and music.
The survey, a follow-up to NCDA’s rapid situational assessment of substance use and pressing issues in high schools, is expected to cost some $16 million and will be deployed by the National Council on Child Abuse. Drugs (NCDA), the drug prevention and treatment branch of the Department of Health and Wellness.
Working with the Department of Education and Youth, NCDA’s multi-level interventions will include screening, testing, counseling and substance abuse prevention programmes.
As of June this year, reports indicate that molly, a lab-created drug, was being marketed to young drug addicts between the ages of 12 and 17. surfaced, sparking an ongoing conversation online and in some entertainment circles.
Ms Atkinson further stated that although the use of molly is not new to Jamaica, it has become more popular through music.
Skeng, Navaz and Intense are some of the artists who sang to bust the dangerous drug molly.