Manila, Feb. 8 -- Educating students on the dangerous implications of illegal drugs would veer the youth away from them and eventually address the demand side of the drug problem, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Friday.

"The government's Preventive Drug Education (PDE) program provides for drug education for each grade level from Kindergarten to Grade 12, aligned with the main curriculum, but it allows schools to introduce preventive drug education in other subject areas," he said in a briefing in Malacanang.

Nograles said the Department of Education (DepEd) will take the lead in developing the curriculum, which includes life skills for drug abuse prevention and anti-illegal drugs topics.

"DepEd is also now developing an updated co...