Out of rehab
June 5, 2014 16:53
The closing of the Lifta detoxification center is a low point for the city, say health professionals and parents of drug-addicted youth.
Unless last-minute funding is found, the only center for drug-addicted youth in Jerusalem will close down at the end of the month.
(photo credit:JERUSALEM POST)
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.”