€500000 debt from cocaine – Caritas director


first_img SharePrint Image by Małgorzata Tomczak from PixabayImage by Małgorzata Tomczak from Pixabay Caritas Director Anthony Gatt talked about a businessperson who ended up €500,000 in debt due to cocaine addiction.During Newsbook Hour transmitted on Radio 103, the director remarked that drugs have become so affordable that it has now it has also become accessible to other social classes. He explained that it takes years for victims to start asking for help to get out of this addictive habit.Drugs lead you to “cavalry”Gatt continued saying that drugs never make people feel happy and free, but leads them to what he referred to a “cavalry”.He said that there are currently 2,500 individuals that are in need of some form of treatment and that are receiving help through the various services that Caritas, OASI and Sedqa offer.An increase in cocaine and cannabis consumption; a decrease in heroin The Caritas director emphasised that the consumption of cocaine and cannabis is on the increase, whilst new heroin cases numbers have decreased.He referred to 2015 statistics that show that 13% of cannabis consumers were 15-year-olds. The latest data shows that 4% of the general adult population has used or experimented with cannabis. A survey commissioned in January 2019, saw the percentage hike up to 9%.Gatt also said that in the past cocaine was an drug used by the elite because of its price. Now, it is accessible to everyone as its street price has decreased.Drugs lead to theft He also mentioned theft that is usually associated with drugs and on how drug addiction leads to individuals stealing jewellery and televisions from their own parents’ houses.What are the services offered by Caritas? Anthony Gatt listed a number of services that are offered by Caritas and reminded the listeners that Caritas offers other services that are not related to drug consumption.Amongst the services offered, he mentioned:Relatives of a drug abuser that does not want to be helped kick the habit are urged to go to the Outreach centre at Triq il-Kapuċċini in Floriana or call for an appointment on 21 237 935;Residential programmes for persons with acute issues that need to detach from society until they get back on track: San Blas, Women’s Unit, Shelters, etc.;The prison inmates programme at Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq is aimed at inmates during the latter part of their sentence to help them prepare for tehir integration back into mainstream society;Dar Charles Miceli is an aftercare centre in Mosta which has been open for the past year and is a 24/7 service intended for persons that have just finished a programme and need support especially when they start craving for drugs.Anthony Gatt passionately appealed to all those that feel despaired or in a dark place to seek help on 21 237 935, where together with Caritas personnel they will manage to find a way out of their dire situation.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img