A mother s ea

NCSA con­cerned

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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.

Threat­ened sui­cide

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. rachel­lea­gard@na­tion­news.com

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