Alcohol is the most widely used drug in Slovakia, followed by amphetamines and marijuana, which are widespread among secondary-school students, while heroine is somewhat in retreat, a conference entitled ‘Drug Dependency in Bratislava Region’ was told on June 23.
Jaroslav Kresánek from the National Toxicology Information Centre further told the gathered health and social workers, police officers and secondary-school teachers that the worst-affected areas in the Slovak capital are the second and fifth districts of the city, including the areas of Petržalka and Vrakuňa respectively, which have a high number of dealers. The fourth district, which includes the areas of Dúbravka and Dlhé Diely, has a higher number of drug users, the TASR newswire wrote.
In terms of drug abuse, Bratislava Region, whose government hosted event, was singled out as the worst blackspot. Regional government chief Vladimír Bajan said there is also a need to tackle socially-accepted drugs such as alcohol. “There is no problem spotting a 12-year-old child that has difficulty walking because they have drunk alcohol,” he said. Nitra Region also has a high level of substance abuse. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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24. Jun 2009 at 14:00