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April 22nd, 2016
Stop stigmatising the homeless & mentally ill – Chonda T. Jeffers

PORT PURCELL, Tortola, VI – With the Sandy Lane Centre being converted into the Safe Haven Transitional Centre, its administrators are urging that people stop stigmatising those persons with mental illnesses or who are homeless – their main client base – so that persons who need such help will come forward.

March 25th, 2015
Ronaldo Hewlett to undergo drug rehab

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Son of Paul "On the Ball" Hewlett, Ronaldo Hewlett, is to join the Drug Rehabilitation Unit of Peebles Hospital on the recommendation of Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards.

December 3rd, 2013
Man refuses to accept Sandy Lane report he has ‘underlying issue’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – When Nickhoy Scatliffe appeared before Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards on Friday November 29, 2013 he was expecting that the decision would see him never having to go back to the Sandy Lane Centre, however, and to his surprise, it was not to be.

December 3rd, 2013
Confessed ‘would be thief’ released to get help

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – ‘Would be thief’ Leslie McKenzie, a 26 year old from Huntums Ghut, was given a chance by Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards to access help when he appeared before her on November 29, 2013.

November 30th, 2013
‘Generous’ fine for Malik Aaron thanks to good Sandy Lane report

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – It was nothing but the good report from the Sandy Lane Centre that was responsible for Malik Aaron getting a fine of only $10,000 or six months in jail after pleading guilty of possession of a controlled drug (cannabis), which was found in his Haver's Estate home in April, 2013.

October 7th, 2013
JVD man allegedly enters court smelling of ‘weed’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A construction worker who recently pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis, allegedly turned up for his hearing at the Magistrate’s court smelling of the substance on October 4, 2013.

June 24th, 2013
Youth wants public apology for ‘error’ in Sandy Lane report

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- When a drug report provided to the Magistrate’s Court by the Sandy Lane Centre for 24-year-old Jasheed Scatliffe stated he was tested positive for “all drugs”, he was obviously shocked but certain that the centre had made a mistake. It turns out that he was right.

May 16th, 2013
Absent National Policy undermines drug treatment in VI - report

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Provision of treatment services in the absence of a National Drug Policy or coordinated Drug Reduction Strategy undermines the prevention and educational efforts of the Sandy Lane Centre (SLC), according to its 2012 annual report.

April 11th, 2013
Store Manager says 'wild friends' influenced his drug habit

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A young manager at a local department store has blamed poor decision making and wild friends for being caught with 16 dime bags on February 19, 2013.

January 2nd, 2013
Survey indicates children sexually active at age 9- Dr. Irad Potter

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Children in the Virgin Islands are reportedly sexually active as young as 9 years of age, according to information coming out of the Standing Finance Committee (SFC)deliberations over the 2013 National Budget.

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