Drug Abuse in the Global Village
Drug Abuse in the Americas

Treatment and Rehabilitation in the Caribbean

Residential and non-residential programmes are complemented with out-patients after care services, individual and family therapy, counselling, follow up programmes, vocational training and outreach programmes (U.N. 1990).

            In 1990, the first National Training Course in Drug Abuse was held in Nassau. The goal was to provide a comprehensive introduction to the diverse issues in drug rehabilitation with a view to maintaining or improving the quality of care in all programmes (Review Document 1991).

            It is reported that, in spite of these efforts, less than one percent of students with cocaine and cannabis abuse problems received counselling (School Survey 1987).


No information reported by 31st December 1993.


In 1990, 7 abusers received treatment and 40 sought treatment for the first time in the island of Bonaire. No data was reported for other islands (U.N. 1990).

            Drug dependent abusers with higher incomes are reported to go abroad  to receive treatment (mainly to the USA). Lower income abusers are treated locally (U.N. 1990). Treatment is usually given on an outpatient basis and consists of individual and group therapy. No specific policies are reported to have been formulated with regard to rehabilitation programmes (PAHO 1990).