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Out of rehab

The closing of the Lifta detoxification center is a low point for the city, say health professionals and parents of drug-addicted youth.

drug-addicted youth
Four months ago, a 15-year-old boy who had been a normative student discovered a relatively new synthetic drug. Known ironically as “nice guys,” it was, until recently, sold openly in corner stores. In some cases, the youths who use it spray K-300 – a spray for killing cockroaches – on the pills to add to their effect, a move that further encourages addiction.

“He became psychotic, agitated, nervous and unable to focus on anything,” the boy’s father told this reporter over the phone last week. “Then he became violent – he broke all the furniture at home. He laughs and weeps at the same time. We have to guard him 24 hours a day, he doesn’t go to school anymore, and we found out that he is not alone – this is happening to lots of children that age and even younger.”

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