Student drug survey volunteers sought

The National Drug Council is seeking volunteers to help administer the Cayman Islands Student Drug Use Survey.

The survey is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes and values of high school students. It gathers information about the extent and patterns of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use among students in grades 7 to 12/13.

The National Drug Council says the study helps researchers gain a better understanding of current and changing rates of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use in the territory.

The drug council needs 80 volunteers to work as fieldwork assistants to administer the survey at schools across Cayman between Feb. 29 and March 17. The council currently has 39 registered volunteers.

National Drug Council research information officer Luisa McLaughlin said the survey is an essential window into the drug situation in Cayman.

“It’s something that concerns the whole community and people should volunteer because students are part of our community and we really need to know what’s going on,” she said.

Volunteers will be required to work approximately one-and-a-half-hours and can volunteer to work additional hours.

They will be required to go into classrooms and pass out questionnaires to students who will have 40 minutes to fill out the surveys.

All volunteers must attend one training session. Training sessions will be held Monday, Feb. 22 through Friday, Feb. 26, beginning at 5 p.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. at the drug council’s office in Caymanian Village on North Sound Way.

The National Drug Council can also conduct the training at volunteers’ workplaces.

The drug council has conducted the student drug use survey every two years for the past 16 years.

For more information about the drug survey and to register to volunteer, contact the National Drug Council at [email protected] or call 949-9000.

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