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Substance Abuse Advisory Council Secretariat

Substance Abuse Advisory Council Secretariat The Substance Abuse Advisory Council Secretariat is the Administrative arm of the Substance Abuse Ad The Secretariat manages a Volunteer Corps.

Should you have any interest in lending your services to the task of reducing and/or eliminating drug abuse and its' related ills, do not hesitate to contact our office and pledge your services.

Operating as usual

Please be guided accordingly.....
15/04/2022

Please be guided accordingly.....

NOTICE

PLEASE BE REMINDED THAT THERE IS NO SALE OF ALCOHOL ON THE WHOLE OF GOOD FRIDAY . THERE ARE SOME EXCEPTIONS. PLEASE BE GUIDED.

CHAPTER 13.17
LIQUOR LICENCE ACT
Revised Edition
Showing the law as at 31 December 2008

30. Closing hours

(1) Subject to the provisions of section 5 relating to the closing hours for specific licences, a licence holder shall not sell, or expose for sale, any intoxicating liquor or open, or keep open, his or her licensed premises—

(a) during the whole of Good Friday, Christmas Day and Corpus Christi DaY

(2) The provisions of subsection (1) shall not apply to the holder of a hotel licence, a boarding house licence, a guest house licence, or a restaurant licence in respect of the sale or disposal of liquor to guests or residents at the hotel, boarding house, guest house, or restaurant.

Alcohol and the KidneysMyth: Drinking alot of beer can lower the risk of kidney stones.Fact: Drinking beer can result in...
21/03/2022

Alcohol and the Kidneys

Myth: Drinking alot of beer can lower the risk of kidney stones.

Fact: Drinking beer can result in weight gain, dehydration, and contribute to high levels of uric acid levels. Uric acid forms Crystal's that are deposited into joints and form kidney stones. Therefore beer contributes to kidney stones.📍

Heavy drinking or binge drinking of more than 4 drinks daily can cause kidney disease and affect your health.
16/03/2022

Heavy drinking or binge drinking of more than 4 drinks daily can cause kidney disease and affect your health.

As we continue to observe Kidney month, SAACS continues its education and sensitization at the Wellness Centres on the d...
14/03/2022

As we continue to observe Kidney month, SAACS continues its education and sensitization at the Wellness Centres on the dangers of substance use (alcohol and tobacco) and its effects on the kidneys. These are lifestyle practices that can be modified. Make the change today!🙌

The kidneys are two heart-shaped organs found in the back of the stomach. They perform vital functions such as producing...
09/03/2022

The kidneys are two heart-shaped organs found in the back of the stomach. They perform vital functions such as producing red blood cells, filtering of toxins from the body, and pH regulation (acidity/alkaline). Every hour they filter half a cup of blood producing urine from unnecessary and harmful waste. Lifestyle habits such as smoking and heavy drinking, disrupts the normal function of the kidneys.

22/12/2021

Please let us have a safe, COVID-19 free festive season observing all protocols🥳🎄🎄🎄

14/11/2021
For most tobacco users, tobacco cravings or urges to smoke can be powerful. Here are some tips to help overcome these cr...
22/10/2021

For most tobacco users, tobacco cravings or urges to smoke can be powerful. Here are some tips to help overcome these cravings

1) Avoid the triggers

The urge for tobacco is most likely strongest when you often smoke, such as at bars, in stressful situations, or having coffee. Identify these triggers and avoid them entirely.

2) Chew on it

Put something other than a cigarette in your mouth to fight the tobacco craving. Chew on hard candy, vegetables, nuts, or gum. Something satisfying and crunchy.

3) Get physical

Physical activity is a very effective way to deal with tobacco cravings. It reduces the intensity of tobacco craving and is a good distraction. Simple activities like walking, going up and down stairs, or gardening can make tobacco cravings disappear.



4) Relaxation Techniques

Smoking for some persons is a way to deal with stressful situations, and resisting smoking is stressful. Relaxation techniques are can also deal with that stress. Practicing relaxation methods, massages, listening to calming music, muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises or and meditation have been proven to be helpful.

Tobacco smoke causes a number of non-communicable diseases and is a risk factor for many cancers. Tobacco smoke contains...
14/10/2021

Tobacco smoke causes a number of non-communicable diseases and is a risk factor for many cancers. Tobacco smoke contains at least 70 cancer-causing chemicals that are dangerous to one's health. It is also related to a higher risk of breast cancer in young women who start smoking at an early age or have a family history of breast cancer. Very heavy second-hand smoke exposure also increases the risk of breast cancer in women entering the menopausal stage. Thankfully, you do not have to develop breast cancer due to tobacco smoke because it is 100% preventable.

24/09/2021
Quit Smoking Today

Don’t become another statistic, break the cycle. Our resource centers are ready and waiting to help you quit smoking today. Reach out to us. Our services are free.

09/09/2021
Share your views on the National Tobacco Control  Policy & Implementation Plan, and in the process be eligible to win a ...
07/09/2021
Smoke Free Saint Lucia | Development of the National Tobacco Control Policy and Implementation Plan

Share your views on the National Tobacco Control Policy & Implementation Plan, and in the process be eligible to win a prize!
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Smoke FreeSaint Lucia Development of the National Tobacco Control Policy and Implementation Plan Headed by The Substance Abuse Advisory Council Secretariat Follow: Follow The Government of Saint Lucia seeks to advance further implementation of sound tobacco control, and control of all forms of smoki...

The Substance Abuse Advisory Council Sceretariat  of  Department of Health and Wellness in collaboration with the Bloomb...
31/08/2021

The Substance Abuse Advisory Council Sceretariat of Department of Health and Wellness in collaboration with the Bloomberg Philpanthropies Initiative and they subsidiary the Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease invites you to participate in letting your opinions be heard in the development of a National Tobacco Policy.

The policy will address the risk factors which contribute to increasing rates of chronic non-communicable diseases and pre-mature death. The required policy also seeks to incorporate all related international, regional and national level polices and to integrate common areas to support cost-effective implementation in Saint Lucia.

Stakeholders are urged to take this opportunity to play their part to ensure a safer healthier Saint Lucia for everyone. We urge you to join the conversation, participate in the blog and get a chance to WIN! a prize of Bluetooth wireless earphones!


The link to access the blog is the following: https://smokefreesaintlucia.baldguyvisuals.com



The link is also accessible from any type of mobile device with Internet access.

We appreciate your time and cooperation,

21/07/2021

In 2019 and 2020 respectively, the Government of St. Lucia passed the Public Health (Smoking Control) Amendment and the Public Health (Smoking Control) Regulations Act which prohibits the smoking of cigarettes, other electronic devices, or any other substance in businesses and workplaces, public places like bars, restaurants, parks, and beaches, likewise in public transports, taxis, and terminals.

We all need to be aware of these new laws and support the smoking restrictions to ensure our health and safety; fines for offenses are up to XCD5000.00 for individuals or XCD10000.00 for business entities on summary conviction. In this era of COVID-19, smoking and exposure to smoking are unhealthy practices since they are associated with adverse outcomes for those who contract the disease. A Smoke-free generation starts with you and me!

29/06/2021
NTN LIIVE: Substance Abuse 29th June 2021

To commemorate International Day Against Drug Use and Illicit Trafficking, let us join the Substance Abuse Advisory Council Secretariat with Mr. Caleb Paul and the Probation and Parole Department Mrs Fiona. Charlery as they discuss facts and evidence-based research under the theme "Share Facts On Drugs, Save Lives." Let us do our part and combat misinformation by sharing facts on drugs......you can save a life!

The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is also known as World Drug Day is observed annually on...
28/06/2021

The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is also known as World Drug Day is observed annually on June 26th. The theme of this year’s World Drug Day 2021 is “Share Facts on Drugs. Save Lives”.

The theme this year stresses the importance of sharing the facts on drugs and the development of evidence-based prevention and treatment programs. Here are some of this year’s key messages from the World Drug Report represented in the following infographics.

Every year on May 31st we commemorate World No Tobacco Day with the rest of the world. This year the theme is "Commit to...
28/05/2021

Every year on May 31st we commemorate World No Tobacco Day with the rest of the world. This year the theme is "Commit to Quit". According to WHO, many persons who were tobacco smokers had increased chance of developing complications of COVID-19. This triggered millions of smokers to quit tobacco. This year the campaign aims to to empower tobacco users to make an attempt to quit by creating services and support systems to increase their chance of quitting successfully. COVID-19 is one more reason to quit.

Anti drug strategy highlights
12/04/2021

Anti drug strategy highlights

Seasons' Greetings AllAs we celebrate this festive season amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Substance Abuse Advisory Counc...
17/12/2020

Seasons' Greetings All

As we celebrate this festive season amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Substance Abuse Advisory Council Secretariat of the
Department of Health and Wellness encourages everyone in safe and healthy practices over the season and presents the first in a series of messages on Living Longer Healthier. Please Share.

03/10/2020
Bureau of Health Education (MOH SLU)

Bureau of Health Education (MOH SLU)

Life in 2020 has had so many challenges. Our choices lead to changes...changes for the better or the worse. Choose well to make your life better.

#covidready #soldiers4saintlucia
#togetherwecanwinthiswar

02/10/2020

Are you 18 years or older? If so please helps us at the Substance Abuse Advisory Council Secretariat understand the impact of COVID19 has on your life. To accomplish this the Department of Health and Wellness in Saint Lucia is partnering with the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD).

This survey is anonymous and can be completed with the following link: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/CICAD_ENG

Thank you for your participation

Bureau of Health Education (MOH SLU)

30/06/2020

Better Knowledge For Better Care

COVID-19 attacks the lungs and behaviors that weaken the lungs put individuals at greater risk. The harmful impact of sm...
02/06/2020

COVID-19 attacks the lungs and behaviors that weaken the lungs put individuals at greater risk. The harmful impact of smoking on the lungs is well-documented, and there is evidence that e-cigarette use (vaping) can also harm lung health.
#TobaccoExposed #TheSecretIsOut

Every year on MAY 31st, the countries of the world come together to commemorate WORLD  NO TOBACCO DAY. This is an annual...
28/05/2020

Every year on MAY 31st, the countries of the world come together to commemorate WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY. This
is an annual awareness day which was initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1987.

The mandate to governments by the WHO is to adopt effective policies to protect public health. The theme for
World No Tobacco Day 2020 is "Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco
and nicotine use."

This year the Substance Abuse Advisory Council Secretariat of the Department of Health and Wellness will be embarking on a virtual anti-tobacco campaign.

We are inviting you to join the movement and follow our page @ Substance Abuse Advisory Council Secretariat.

We are asking everyone to wear something ORANGE on FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2020, and JUNE 5, 2020, and post a picture with the following hashtags

#JOINTHEMOVEMENT #LIVINGABOVETHEINFULENCE #THESECRETISOUT

Substance Abuse Advisory Council Secretariat
28/05/2020

Substance Abuse Advisory Council Secretariat

The Caribbean in Suriname-Quality standard workshop  for drug prevention and Treatment Program.
14/06/2019

The Caribbean in Suriname-Quality standard workshop for drug prevention and Treatment Program.

29/06/2018
GYTS - Access and Availability

In Saint Lucia, Gobal Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) was conducted in 2017 by the Ministry of Health. We present you with this infographic which shows the percentage of teens who indicated that they were not prevented from buying tobacco because of their age.

After viewing, please take some time to answer a few questions by clicking the link below. Thank you.

https://survey.fbapp.io/access-and-availability

In Saint Lucia, Gobal Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) was conducted in 2017 by the Ministry of Health. We present you with t...
18/06/2018

In Saint Lucia, Gobal Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) was conducted in 2017 by the Ministry of Health. We present you with this infographic which shows the percentage of teens who indicated that they were exposed to secondhand smoke.

After viewing, please take some time to answer a few questions by clicking the link below. Thank you.

https://survey.fbapp.io/secondhand-smoking

18/06/2018
Secondhand Smoking GYTS Results

In Saint Lucia, Gobal Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) was conducted in 2017 by the Ministry of Health. We present you with this short video which shows the percentage of teens who indicated that they were exposed to secondhand smoke.

After viewing, please take some time to answer a few questions by clicking the link below. Thank you.

https://survey.fbapp.io/secondhand-smoking

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