When ‘Poverty’ Means Something Quite Different

April 15, 2013 5 Comments
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Gill Brown, chief executive of charity Brighter Futures, said increasing numbers of people are turning to drugs and alcohol because of the stress of daily life, which has been intensified in the recession.

“We know there is more drug and alcohol misuse leading to hospital admission in Stoke-on-Trent than on average, and the number of suicides is rising rapidly,” she said.”

Incredibly, she then went on to blame…poverty! Clearly, the sort of poverty that leaves you with enough money to abuse drugs and alcohol.

“People are dealing with the effects of poverty and being overwhelmed with debt.

They do things to try to ease the pain and cope with the worry, and that includes drinking too much and taking drugs. “

Yeeees… Of course they do!

Jim Gibson, chairman of Chell Heath Residents’ Association, lost his 35-year-old son Gareth to a drugs overdose in 2009.

He said: “It doesn’t surprise me the numbers are that high. There needs to be more help for people with drug problems, but all the Government wants to do is cut everything. “

Well, yes. If the choice is helping people with unavoidable disabilities or helping people who have contributed to their own problems, it’s really a no-brainer.

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5 Responses to When ‘Poverty’ Means Something Quite Different

  1. April 15, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I’m feeling the pain of debt. What’s the best way to deal with that pain? Get smacked off my tits or use the money to pay off some of my debt?

    It’s a no brainer; I have no brain – Pass the cocaine.

  2. amfortas
    April 15, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Do the line; do the time. Culpability costs.

  3. Twenty_Rothmans
    April 15, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Jim Gibson, chairman of Chell Heath Residents’ Association, lost his 35-year-old son Gareth to a drugs overdose in 2009. There needs to be more help for people with drug problems, …all the Government wants to do is cut everything. “
    His son pegged out in 2009, what does that have to do with the present government? Was his son gifted with a vision of the future, and thought, hey, I’d better OD now before those evil Tory cuts?

    According to the local rag, his son died after twenty years on gear, and boasted a daughter. It is pathetic that the Government did not spend more money on him, after all those years he’d been paying taxes. A fine, upstanding citizen:
    THE Crown Prosecution Service has formally discontinued a number of charges against a man who was found dead at his flat just over three weeks ago.

    Gareth Gibson had faced charges of theft of children’s clothing worth £265 from Matalan, Tunstall, on April 24; theft of toiletries worth £50 from Tesco Express, Fegg Hayes on May 27; using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour on June 2; assaulting a police constable also on June 2; theft of clothing worth £107.42 from B&M, Longton, on June 21; failing to answer to court bail on June 30; and criminal damage to seating belonging to the Staffordshire Probation Service.

    • Tatty
      April 16, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Jim Gibson, chairman of Chell Heath Residents’ Association

      Once upon a time such a “parent” would have been shunned by their neighbours and denounced for their evident inadequacy.

      Nowadays, if you can’t be a social problem yourself it helps enormously to elevate your status to have a child who is/was one.

      Stop the world I want to get off.

      • Twenty_Rothmans
        April 16, 2013 at 11:23 pm

        Once upon a time the chairman of a Residents’ Association would be sounding off about feckless, thieving junkies roaming the streets. ‘Where were the parents?’ he’d ask. Where, indeed.

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