Young­ster talks about drug use

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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)

STILL HOLD­ING ON. While nearly at her wits’ end due to her son’s ad­mit­ted drug use, this mother has said she is hope­ful she can help him to turn his life around. (Photo by Sandy Pitt.)

This ramp at the District “D” Mag­is­trates’ Court al­lows wheel­chair users to ac­cess the build­ing. (Pic­ture by Xtra Vi­sion Pho­tog­ra­phy)

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