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					The Observer News – Second Quarter 2004                         Number 2 Year 2


                  Barbados’ National Council on Substance Abuse
                  Recognizes International Day Against Drug Abuse
                                and Illicit Trafficking

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As this country prepares to join several countries around the globe in observing
International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on 26 June,
Barbadians are being told that the gap between demand and supply reduction of
drugs has narrowed significantly.

This disclosure has come from the Manager of the National Council on
Substance Abuse (NCSA) Tessa Chaderton-Shaw, who admitted that the
problem would never be eliminated.

“We are not going to mop up this problem. We are not going to eradicate it. That
is a pipe dream. We can control it, we can contain it, we can perhaps reduce it
and we can prevent people from ever starting to use alcohol and illegal
substance, Chaderton-Shaw told the Barbados Government Information Service.

She stressed that the NCSA was working fervently to educate young people
about the dangers of drug and alcohol use trough a wide range of programmes
within the schools and at the community level.

“The more we educate young people the more we can arrest it at that level (and)
then we have less of a problem. We Would have fewer people going to prison,
we would have fewer people going to treatment centres and we would have
fewer people dying,” she said.

Chaderton-Shaw said that the NCSA had taken drug education to a basic level,
using Interactive programmes to reach the youngest children. She pointed out
that parents also needed to be involved in this fight.

“They have a significant role to play In complementing the work that we do within
the schools. If parents have favourable attitudes towards drug use and are not
enforcing the messages given, then they are doing a disservice to their children
and country and are reneging on their responsibilities as parents.

I want to encourage them that when they suspect a problem to call agency and
get help, because early intervention will go a long way in arresting the problem
before it is too late,” the manager stated.

The theme of this year’s International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit
Trafficking is “Treatment Works,” and Chaderton-Shaw said the wider the range
The Observer News – Second Quarter 2004                       Number 2 Year 2


of treatment services a country had, the better for its population since on one
treatment model would satisfy the needs of every individual. The treatment
centres in Barbados include the Drug Rehab Unit at the Psychiatric Hospital,
Verdun House, Teen Challenge and the Coalition Against Substance Abuse
(CASA).

   Should you have any queries regarding this communication kindly contact
         Kim Holder at (246) 429-6272 or email kholder@ncsa.org.bb