Nicoya, Police News

Police Teach Students to Say No to Drugs

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In the past year, the Public Force in Nicoya trained about 2000 children to say no to drugs and family violence through a series of discussions, expositions and videos, and this year they hope to reach out to a similar amount of youth, according to Nicoya Chief Omar Chavarria.

The program has existed in Costa Rica for about 10 years, but wasn’t implemented in this rural area until a year ago. Chavarria pointed out that although the results are sometimes invisible, the long-term results gained by such community outreach programs are important so that the youth “don’t get involved in the world of addiction.”

Through the program focused on educational centers, they work to create awareness that drugs are damaging and create problems in the family, as well as teaching parents different ways to educate their children of the dangers.