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Barbados sounds alarm on meth consumption

Bridgetown, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) Barbados has just reported its first case of methamphetamine (meth) use, and the public is being warned to avoid the drug at all costs, as it poses a threat to health and could lead to death.

“Meth is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. It takes the form of a white odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that easily dissolves in water or in alcohol. Meth is extremely harmful,” Minister of Home Affairs and Information Wilfred Abrahams stated.

Abrahams stressed that meth acts like a stimulant, and even in small doses, could increase wakefulness, physical activity, and can decreased appetite. In addition, the drug is also known to cause cardiovascular problems, including rapid heart rate, irregular heartbeat, and increased blood pressure.

However, Minister Abrahams pointed out that meth use and its misuse went beyond the devastating effects on individual health, as it also impacted poor communities, causing new waves of crime, unemployment, child neglect or abuse, and other social problems.

In that regard, he called on all Barbadians, the private sector and civil society, to join with Government in tackling the issue.

He noted that as recently as March 15, a quantity of meth was intercepted in San Juan en route from Canada to Barbados. Senior Superintendent Warner explained that Barbados would be seen as a transshipment point to move drugs from the source country to the intended country, and in the process, some may be left here.

However, he gave the assurance that The BPS would continue to build on partnerships established at the international level to fight the illegal activity.

At the same time, the lawman called on the media to play a role in educating the population about the illegal activity. He also urged the public to come forward and share information with the police.

“Any information, regardless of how small or insignificant you might think that information is, it might be the one piece that we need to fit into a bigger picture to solve the problem that we have,” the Senior Superintendent said.


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