Youngster talks about drug use
I’M NOT the only one!
A teenaged boy whose mother has agonised over his drug use during the past few months, says he has seen the boys on the block using a host of drugs. The boy, who agreed to speak to the WEEKEND NATION on his own and under condition of anonymity, said that some of the drugs he had seen being used included LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide, also known as acid), Molly or Ecstasy, and Xanax, in addition to marijuana and cocaine, which were the most popularly used drugs.
“I smoke marijuana and I did the cocaine. When I smoke I don’t feel no sort of way. My eyes does just be red. When I do the cocaine it had my eyes watering a little bit, and then they get real red. The taste of it also drip in the back of my throat like when I use nasal spray,” he said.
While he said he had used cocaine only once, he insisted he did it because he wanted to and that it had nothing to do with peer pressure.
“My brothers and sisters does cause me stress; I can’t deal with them there. Sometimes they can be real annoying. If you had to spend a day with all of them, you would want to throw them through the window,” he told the WEEKEND NATION.
“I does smoke four times, once a day. That’s just levelling it out like two in the morning and two in the evening. The Vincy weed I does buy don’t really get you that high or nothing so, it does just make you feel good,” he said.
While he was adamant he did not have a drug problem, he said he wanted to turn his life around, and if given the opportunity he would embrace the chance wholeheartedly.
“Everybody telling me that I need help, but I telling the people ’bout the place that I good. I just want a stable job to be able to help my mother and father. I want to get into driving a truck or anything so. I want to turn around my life. I would like to see a better person out of myself, instead of the person everybody calling crack head and that kind of thing.
“Yes, I know that I have to stop shouting at my brothers and sisters and cursing my mum. When I vex I does just be like I want something to smoke to cool me down. I feel it is the music I does listen to. I does listen to 21 Savage, NBA Young Boy, Kodak Black, Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert – street rappers who talk about the gangster life and the drugs. I feel I need to stop listening to the music,” he said.
Physical and technical enhancements should soon be coming to both the Magistrates’ Courts and High Court in an effort to make them user-friendly for people with disabilities.
Registrar of the Supreme Court Barbara Cooke-alleyne said yesterday that all of the courts were in line for an upgrade.
Her disclosure came just days after Dario Hollingsworth, who is unable to walk, had to be lifted in and out of the District “A” Magistrates’ Court by policemen while appearing on a burglary charge.
Cooke-alleyne said she was aware some of the courts provided little to no accessibility for disabled persons.
“We are reviewing our courts now to see that they are actually disabled-friendly, not just the Magistrates’ Courts, but the High Court as well,” she told the WEEKEND NATION.
“We have a ramp [at the High Court], but we need to get equipment to them if they are hearing-impaired and so on, to make sure that they are part of the system. So we are looking at that.”
Cooke-alleyne said that because some of the Magistrates’ Courts were housed in old buildings, it would have to be decided what adjustments could be made.
“The steps would be a problem at District ‘A’. There is a ramp at Holetown, but Oistins also needs upgrading,” she said.
She added that the soon to be completed District “D” Court in Cane Garden, St Thomas, would be fully equipped for the disabled.
President of the Barbados Bar Association, Liesel Weekes, suggested that until those changes were implemented, all matters involving disabled persons be heard by Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch at St Matthias Court, which has a ramp.
“No one should be lifting anyone into court. While I give kudos to the officers who lifted a man who was unable to walk out of court recently, doing so creates a risk of injury for both the disabled person as well as those persons doing the lifting,” Weekes said.
President of the Barbados Council for the Disabled Maria Holder-small told the WEEKEND NATION all buildings should be built with not only disabled persons in mind, but also the elderly and infirm.
“Access is very important. We have a programme entitled Fully Accessible Barbados (FAB) and it is our hope that one day Barbados will in fact be fully accessible, and not just for persons in wheelchairs whose mobilities are limited,” she said.“it is easier to build a ramp than to build a flight of steps. In this day and age no one should be made to feel less of a human because they can’t access a building.” ( RB)