Concern over number of young substance abusers

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has expressed concern about an increasing number of people engaging in substance abuse from an early age.

Brathwaite, who is also the Minister of Home Affairs, was speaking at the launch of Drug Awareness Month, held at the Black Rock Wesleyan Holiness Church this morning.

He noted that young people were not only engaging in substance abuse earlier but were also using illegal drugs such as crack and cocaine.

“Based on my information in terms of the young people that come into contact with the justice system as a result of abuse of substances, it is not even just the alcohol and marijuana but the hard substances like crack and cocaine so it is a real issue for us as a country and a society,” Brathwaite said.

The Attorney General stressed that the legalization of illegal narcotics such as marijuana must be carefully analyzed and discussed, taking into consideration the adverse effects they have on the country’s youth.

“We have to ensure that whatever the situation that we take them in recognition of our responsibilities as a society to protect our young people,” he stressed.

With a record 29 gun-related murders in 2017, Minister Brathwaite also expressed concern that a large number of the murders which occurred were directly or indirectly linked to drugs.

He further revealed that research has identified that the majority of the young men who appeared before the courts were under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or cocaine when they committed the offence, with approximately 30 per cent of the inmates at the Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds being substance abusers at the time they entered.

Brathwaite called on the public and the church to collaborate in the fight against substance abuse.

Manager of the National Council on Substance Abuse Betty Hunte also urged all sections of society to play a part.

“We as parents and adults have to take responsibility. Too often we as adults ask ‘how them get so’, we put them so,” said Hunte.

20 Responses to Concern over number of young substance abusers

  1. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow January 14, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    People should be concern by the lack statements without substantial Substance of any consequence by nincompoop like you sir

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  2. Alex Alleyne January 14, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    AG , you are a JOKER,,,,,,,period.

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  3. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield January 14, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    Concern you should be. The young people are not the cultivators or importers. If they are selling small amounts it surely aint theirs. Taste your words before you speak

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    • Michael Crichlow
      Michael Crichlow January 14, 2018 at 5:48 pm

      Claire Battershield isn’t there still a litmus test or the bar has been lowered for responsible government officials ?

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    • Claire Battershield
      Claire Battershield January 14, 2018 at 6:00 pm

      For them they are still the government in waiting. No Mike, the bar was not lowered it has crashed. “Popularity” or a whole lot of family in a particular area you choose to run guarantees you a seat. Oh ,I forgot ,man of the people. People’s persons , grass roots person. But you know grass roots are hard to pull up.

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    • Michael Crichlow
      Michael Crichlow January 14, 2018 at 6:04 pm

      Especially nut grass…i get the picture

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    • Claire Battershield
      Claire Battershield January 14, 2018 at 6:09 pm

      Correct

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete January 14, 2018 at 7:11 pm
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  4. Alex Alleyne January 14, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    YOU HAVE FAILED TO PERFORM IN YOUR DUTY.
    YOU HAVE FAILED ALL LAW ABIDING CITIZENS IN BARBADOS.
    UNDER AN OTHER LEADER YOU WOULD HVE BEEN FIRED LONG-TIME.

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  5. Jennifer January 14, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Keep up these awareness month for a show, after that things back to normal.

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  6. Peter Lowe
    Peter Lowe January 14, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    It take you 10 long yrs to know that?

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  7. Belfast January 14, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    An active politician speaking at a Church,and yet still some of the same clergies are against men ,or women, of the cloth engaging in active politics. But it is all right for Jesus to take second place in the temple when a politician is present.
    What our elders used to refer to as Shouting Fish and selling Fowls.

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  8. milli watt January 14, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    underwear might beat he yeah……… stupse. that option is like choosing the devil or deep blue sea lololol

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  9. Mayers Sylvia
    Mayers Sylvia January 14, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Wow what a bone head

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  10. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn January 15, 2018 at 8:38 am

    You soon leave office. You don’t have to concern any more.

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  11. Marcia Joseph
    Marcia Joseph January 15, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Yes, very concerned .

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  12. Carlisle Norville January 15, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    that is his modos operandi psycological diplomacy, i see him @ the Airport regularly flying in & out enjoying the good salary he gets, not interested in anything, ( just full of his type of diplomacy) figures he has all of us covered.Ha ha hhhhhhhah

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    • Carlisle Norville January 15, 2018 at 2:36 pm

      correction to the above word(modus NOT modos)

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  13. jrsmith January 15, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Who help him to come this conclusion , he couldn’t have done that on his own…..What is so noticeable , our politicians in Barbados is treating bajans as like the civil rights movement leaders in the US…. Only engaging with the black people in churches ………..

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    • Jennifer January 15, 2018 at 4:37 pm

      An age old-hand-me-down practice, which still produces no results………….. just as it was meant too….

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