November 22, 2014
'Sedronar needs existing resources in drug abuse prevention'
Following the launching of a prevention and communitary support program announced by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Juan Carlos Molina said he was “aware” that the Sedronar office needs to count with groups that are already working with youngsters suffering abuse problems in the fight against drug-trafficking.
“I am aware that the Sedronar won’t be able to do everything because it should have 3 thousand employees in each town. That is why we need the resources that are already working,” the priest said in an interview with a radio show today.
Molina’s statements come after President Kirchner announced on Monday the launching of the “Attention and Communitary Company Houses” program that seeks to provide further assistance to the already existing 24 centers that work on the prevention and recovery of addiction cases led by so called “shanty twons’ priests” working with vulnerable sectors.
“The president demanded from us more territory, going to the street more, more youth. Working with those who are already working because there are a lot of organizations, NGOs, therapeutic communities that have been accompanying kids with these problems,” Molina told reporters pointing out the Sedronar office will now “finance all those who are working in a communitarian way like shanty town priests, pastors, NGOs.”
Molina also explained that his office has signed a contract with 28 priests, expecting now to reach agreements with pastors and NGOs. “There is more presence of the state with those who are already working,” he said and stressed Sedronar’s job was not security-related.
“It does not have to do with criminalizing (youngsters), or with putting them in an institute (…) but with recovering the social bond that got broken (…). These are broken lives.”