The discovery of a dangerous cocktail of toxic substances used by minors raises serious concern for their welfare and safety.
Save the Children Fiji is calling on parents and guardians to exercise vigilant supervision and open communication with children under their care after recent alarming media reports and the expressed concerns of the Ministry of Health regarding the illicit sale of tobacco products, including suki, to minors.
Save the Children Fiji says immediate action by relevant authorities to prosecute those who are involved in the sale of tobacco products to minors and implores parents and guardians to actively engage with their children, providing guidance and support to safeguard their well-being.
They say it is imperative that adults responsible for the welfare of children recognize the potential repercussions faced by young individuals who consume these harmful substances.
Save the Children Fiji further says such repercussions encompass a wide range of issues, including academic challenges, detrimental effects on physical and mental health, strained peer relationships, and exposes them to the juvenile justice system.
They say children remain inherently vulnerable to exploitation, particularly when it comes to illicit drugs and associated activities.
The NGO further says it is the collective responsibility of society to safeguard children from such dangerous activities.
They add the protection of our children is paramount, and it is incumbent upon the community to create a safe and nurturing environment for their growth and development.
Call the Child Helpline toll-free number 1325 available 24/7 or reach out to Save the Children Fiji on 3313178 to report any concerns with children.
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