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Drug Education & Counselling Services (DECS)

Plaza Centrale, Roebuck Street | St Michael | | Barbados


Contact Data


(246) 435-8148
(246) 233-8148



Business hours

Monday to Friday 10:00 - 18:00 Saturday 09:00 - 18:00


Type of organisation
Non-governamental organization
Year of foundation
Institutional presentation
DECS is the faith-based non-governmental organization working with young boys and girls with substance abuse and behavioral issues. Our vision is to see young people moves from mere existence to purpose.
Direct beneficiaries
  • Not drug users
  • Experimental drug users
  • Drug users
  • Fromer drug users
  • Motivational groups (drug users and not drug users)
  • Women presenting problematic drug use
  • Women with children
  • Specific drug users – Sex workers, Pregnant teens, Institutionalized persons (prisoners), School-age at risk youth, Out of school youths...
Target population activities
  • General population
Objective of the centre/ services
1) To exemplify the highest level of integrity for every young boy and girl who enters one of DECS' programs. 2) To collaborate with parents, schools, cooperate businesses, communities, government and the clergy to assist with the development of each child, with the primary objective to rekindle the value system within the members life before they complete the program within two years. 3) Members remaining drug free and modifying their behaviors within a year of entering our programe, graduating to our aftercare club "Youth Empowered & Alive" to be further stabilized for approximately one (1) additional year.
National coverage
Young people under the age of 25 years old

Intervention framework

Intervention types
  • Prevention
  • Treatment
  • Penal system interventions
  • Risk reduction
  • Harm reduction
Intervention framework for Prevention
  • Public events
  • Family
  • Work place
  • School/primary education
  • School/secondary education
  • University/Tertiary education
  • Community
Intervention framework for Treatment
  • Outpatient/diurnal/outpatients clinic
  • Treatment groups (relapse prevention)
  • Support groups
Intervention framework for Penal system interventions
  • Prison
Intervention framework for Risk reduction
  • Interventions on prevention and health education
Intervention framework for Harm reduction
  • Distribution of paraphernalia for smoked consumption (pipes, aluminum foil)
  • Distribution of paraphernalia for inhaled use (cigarettes, rollers, etc.)
  • Basic assistance services (showers, food, laundry, etc.)
  • Support
  • Promotion
  • Health education
  • Training
  • Information
  • Family & socio-educational intervention
  • Personal & socio-educational intervention
  • Guidance
  • Distribution of material
  • Awareness
  • Field work / Practicum placement
  • Early Intervention/detoxification
  • Street based intervention
  • Telephone hotline
  • Low threshold drop in centre
  • After-care, social reintegration, halfway houses
Description of the main activities

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