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A ST MICHAEL MOTHER is almost at her wits’ end with her 18-year-old son who she says is a drug addict.
The mother, who asked to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the situation, said her son, who celebrated his birthday on October 15, had posted on his Instagram page that he had done 12 lines of cocaine for his birthday last month.
“He didn’t admit it to me. He admitted it to my boyfriend when he came across here and he questioned him . . . . You don’t put up that kind of thing on Instagram,” she said, adding that she was disappointed after hearing her son had used cocaine.
The mother of five said three weeks ago she had to go for her son.
“He was moving with a group of boys from in the area. This one particular boy, who encouraged him to hit dope, always looked like trouble to me. He said that I only want to choose his friends, so I ease off. When I found out that he was hitting dope, I was real annoyed. His behaviour change; he wasn’t washing, he wasn’t eating, he wearing a lot of dirty clothes. Sometimes he don’t come home for two and three days.
“My son cursed me [Tuesday]. I never thought my son would curse me . . . . Any mother who hear that their child hitting dope would be upset and I grabble him by his neck. I wouldn’t expect my child to be doing those things,” she said, hands clasped in front her face and shaking her head.
She recalled one night when her son threatened to kill himself and ran away in the pouring rain. Even though she suffers badly with asthma, she said she went behind him in the rain and almost had an attack when she witnessed her son dash across the path of an oncoming car.
She said when she found out where he was purchasing drugs, she confronted the man, asking him how he could sell children drugs that could
destroy their lives.
“I always tell my children they are judged by the company they keep. . . . He want a job. He want something to do with his life, and stop up and down the street like the yellow line in the road,” she said angrily.
With nowhere else to turn, the mother, who is
currently unemployed, said she called the National Council on Substance Abuse to get help for her son.
“Last Friday he was supposed to go, but when it was time to go his father told him to go back and lay down because the rain was falling, and he had no bus fare to give him cocaine-related drug offences. He said their last surveys were done in 2013.
He reminded the public that they were there to assist should someone require assistance in relation to drug treatment programmes.
“You can call us and we can direct you to the places where you can seek help. There is the CASA (Centre for Counselling Addiction Support Services) in Westbury Road, or you can contact Verdun House. These agencies exist to look at young people and address the needs of young people who may have problems with using drugs,” he stressed. email@example.com