Pastor say drug users are enslaving themselves
A local religious leader has likened illegal drug use to slavery and has committed his ministry to rescuing young people from the scourge.
Pastor of Empowerment International Ministries Roger Husbands has also declared war on community drug pushers, while stressing that school must not be seen as a “chill-out spot”.
Husbands made the commitment at his Roebuck Street church on Sunday, where nine boys and young men graduated from a programme run by the Drug Education and Counselling Services (DESC) of which the pastor is the founder.
“Drugs is an easy way to enslave oneself. We can enslave ourselves by the drugs we use, because drugs itself will . . . make you feel that you cannot achieve.
“Our forefathers, our grandfathers, have fought for this, for us to be free and not slaves again,” he said.
The church leader said he had seen the effect drug use was having on young people, blaming narcotics for driving the youth towards violence.
“An alarming [number] of young people . . . are turning to violence instead of using conflict resolution and anger management styles to make wise and proper decisions.
“We at Drug Education Counselling Services will lead the fight continuously against this menace, and these manipulators about Barbados trying to make a dollar off of people, your days are numbered, because we are going to capture all those young people that you decided to poison with your foolishness,” Husbands promised.
He advised the young people, “if you continue to go school and use school as a chill-out spot and not learn the education and skills which is given to you free, you will sooner realize that you are once again devaluing this nation.
“You are Barbados’ only way of improvement, and we have to start seeing you as . . . an asset and not always a liability,” the pastor stressed.
Husbands urged all of Barbados to join in the fight against drug use and trafficking by being vigilant and reporting to the police or Crimestoppers any signs of this illegal activity in the communities.
DESC is described as a faith based non-governmental organization working with young boys and girls with substance abuse and behavioural issues to help them find hope and freedom from these menaces.
Husband said it has treated over 1,000 young people since it began operating some 12 years ago. Many of these youths, he said, had been referred from the probation department, Edna Nicholls [Centre], magistrate courts, schools and parents.