Participants drawn from Her Majesty’s Prisons Dodds, the Royal Barbados Police Force and some of the island’s churches are now better equipped to deal with drug addiction, drug treatment and rehabilitation, following a four-month training programme sponsored by the Organization of American States.
And yesterday, they assembled at the Prince Cave Auditorium at District “A” Police Station, Station Hill, St Michael, to receive their certificates from Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite and OAS Ambassador Francis Mc Barnette.
In a brief address, Brathwaite commended the pioneering work of the Reverend Dr Lucille Baird and her husband Chris Baird of the Mount Zion’s Mission International Inc. in Rock Dundo, St James, for the initiative shown in establising a drug prevention programme in the community which their church serves.
Noting that Barbados was known worldwide for having a church in every village, Brathwaite suggested that these churches should reach out and establish drug prevention programmes to save many of the island’s young people from drug addiction and a life of crime.
Among those receiving certificates for participating in the drug prevention programme were Baird and her husband, along with several prison and police officers.
Among the trainers who were recognized for their contributions to the programme were Paulavette Atkinson and Wendy Greenidge of the National Council of Substance Abuse, former calypsonian Brian Payne and Acting Station Sergeant Ronald Cobbler.