One Jamaican teenager shares his battle with addiction to marijuana. He admits that he developed his addiction by smoking discarded stubs of the joints his father left lying around the house. He also admits that smoking marijuana is bad for his health but reveals that he is powerless to stop.
“Yes, I do know it’s not good for my health but it give me a ‘meds’ and mi like it. Without having the meds (Marijuana smoking gives me) mi can’t do nuttin! It help mi fi do everything that mi have fi do!”
Despite his addiction, the young teen who spoke to a Youth Journalist from the Panos Caribbean Mocho Youth Journalism Group on condition that his identity be kept a secret, warned teens about the danger of marijuana addition and smoking in general.
“If I could live my life over I would not take up smoking because smoking gives you lung cancer,” he stated, his voice sobering.
“I regret taking up smoking, because of it I can’t save any money. If you are a young person and you have not started smoking; don’t! Smoking is not a good thing,” he cautioned.
The interview is part of a five-minute radio Programme conceptualized and produced by the Youth Journalists who were trained over several weeks on issues that affect young people and policies such as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and Jamaica’s Child Protection Act aimed at the protection of children.
The group produced three five-minute radio programme which includes a brief news component as well as an in-depth look at an issue affecting young people. The voice and views of young people are usually heavily featured in this segment.
Four short Public Service Announcements were also produced by the Mocho Youth Journalists. Crucial issues such as HIV prevention and infection, HIV related stigma and discrimination, drug addition and violence in schools are explored in the PSA’s.
One of the PSAs appeals for families to step in and help troubled teenagers cope with the myriad challenges they face. The productions have been aired on Jamaican radio station; Power 106 FM.
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