LATA police in Temotu say they are closely keeping an eye on reports of increasing use of alcohol and other drugs by youths.
Acting Provincial Police Commander (PPC), Reginald Kava said community leaders are coming forward with reports of the rise of drug use within their communities.
“We’ve received increasing reports of youths using marijuana and drinking illegal brews such as kwaso,” he said.
“My officers are keeping a close eye on this and are investigating cases that were reported to us,” Mr Kava said.
He called on communities to help the police address the problem.
Mr Kava said police will not tolerate such behaviour.
“My advice to youths in Temotu is to stop the practise because it is not good for peace and co-existence in the community.
“There are better things youth can involve in. High drug and alcohol use is not one of them.”
Meanwhile, Mr Kava said his officers will be part of the election awareness programme to be carried out in the province in the lead up to the November 19 polls.
By JOY BUAOKA