DESPITE the work that the Royal Gibraltar Police and Customs do to fight the smuggling of drugs through Gibraltar waters, it is inevitable that they cannot catch every smuggler and although the bulk of the drugs are en route to Spain and the rest of Europe, it is inevitable that some will stay in Gibraltar and be used locally.
Whilst society as a whole, has become more tolerant of social usage and looks to catch the supplier rather than the user, there are still a number of problems associated with drug use and its effects on individuals and families of users.
Those with a serious addiction, need money to feed their habit, yet are often incapable of coming by it legally and turn to crime to supplement their income.
Stay Clean is a charity launched as recently as 2014 and was the brain child of former addicts who had managed to solve their own problems and wanted to help others to overcome their addiction.
At a recent presentation in the Piazza, Chief Minister Fabian Picardo, refreshingly not in his uniform shirt and tie was pictured showing his support to those stalwarts of the charity who were raising both awareness and much welcome funds.