Without providing any solid statistics or research to back his claims, ZBVI 780am 'Honestly Speaking' radio show moderator, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has declared that drug use amongst men and youths in the Virgin Islands is now at a staggering high.
Mr Skelton-Cline made the claims in his opening commentary on the Tuesday, October 8, 2019, edition of his Honestly Speaking show.
Drugs & the Caribbean
"There's a high use of drugs. Marijuana is one of the chiefs forms but is no longer limited to just that, and let's be honest... clearly because where are located in the Caribbean... drugs has always been an issue but we have never been a people who use drugs," he told his listening audience.
Mr Skelton-Cline further pointed out that given the porous borders of the Virgin Islands (VI), the territory, "oftentimes been used as a pass-through... and we ought to be having these conversations, not just dig our head in the sand and act like this stuff ain't happening," he said in accusing the people and authorities of ignoring the issues.
"This has been a place where this stuff has passed through, but it looks like some of our young people, a generation or two, who getting high on their own supply and that is creating another ill," he lashed out.
According to the man of the cloth, "We're losing a generation in this particular area, and those who are not smoking the thing or snorting the thing are getting caught up in our criminal system."
The commentator said it remains concerning what implications of a new generation of drug users could spell for the territory's social system.
"I am deeply concerned about the social challenges that we are going to face when our young people in a disproportionate fashion get hooked on this stuff and the havoc it creates to them and their families".