Wiedervorlage vom 26. Sept. 2013 | Drogen | Sucht |Part ONE of Aachen´s ´big bong´- the experiment with drug addicts…

In the year 2000, Aachen, Germany, the city council, political party chiefs and administrative heavy weights – up to the Federal government´s ministerial level – started what is to be earmarked a „botched experiment“ in respect of the drug addicts!

In the cozy university city of about a 250,000 inhabitants with its 50,000 students, the number of drug addicts consuming pot, hash, crack, H and all other the other „non-goodies“, can be estimated for the city itself to about 2,000 to 2,500 people. This correlates very well with the medical statistical bandwith of 0.8% of a human population which can become addicted if access to the stuff is given[www.incb.org, Vienna, Austria]. These figures also correlate – methodologically independent – with the numbers from prosecutors, criminological experts etc. So, the figure can be considered consistent within a typical, applicable statistical bandwith.

Well, the ´Aachen millennium fixing experiment´ started with the above mentioned kind of „inaugurational big bang“ – maybe better coined as „big bong“? Top political brass on state and federal level descended upon the local yokels at the Kaiserplatz in Aachen. They really felt fine with their bump start of a new and modern concept to help addicts – which they considered an era – to help drug addicts. And, many of the responsible still seem to feel comfortable after the timespan of about half a human generation…

The „innovation“ was to concentrate the addicts to this single place. Medical and social workers offering a short break from the stressfull life on the streets, allow to take a shower and to be able to set set a sterile shot to reduce the risk of invection with severe diseases. A necessary but short time of relief for addicts. 

But for a long time, up to 150 people stayed just in front of the premises, having been busy, so to speak. It took many protests and reports in the local media until the polito-administrational mood changed a little bit. A little. Only a little bit.

Well, proverbs are best to describe things. So, the old proverb „out of sight, out of mind“ describes best what happend then and what still is in the minds of some of the classe politique. The clusters of people shrank to what can now be described as „nearly disappered“ after „influencing“ the people there by city employees. The individual situation of the addicts in very most cases has not and cannot in large parts be changed. This requires a capable concept with enough resources and infrastructure which definately is not existing in this city…

So, they still are in trouble and certainly live longer in despair. With no real perspective as the city is nearly broke…

When talking to some policians these days, the only argument in respect of a change, i.e. improvement for the adicts is to bee seen in looking for a [! singular!] new premise to take care for them. Since about three years already, this monotone argument is being conveyed.

This provokes the question if one understands their justification right, that they were looking for one premise. Considering 2,000 drug addicts in Aachen and about 4,000 in the greater Aachen area with its population of roughly half a million people, one must note that for the city of Aachen and the greater Aachen region, it still seems to be a very long and wearisome journey with no clear destination yet. Time lost at the expense of human beings…

To deal with approx. 2,000 addicts, a city must have a consistent plan and enough financial means… If they can´t deliver this, they rather should discuss and debate on low key, not triggering hopes which cannot be fulfilled. For all citizens… Initiative Kaiserplatz e.V., Aachen, Germany.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

the present issue to look for adequate premises to be able to take care

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Otherwise, one can´t explain why they have´t chance the strategy of the concept and seem to show no real mood to reconsider it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

being absolutely convinced they gave the leeway for a new epoch of effective work with drug addicts.

 

 

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