Heroin, Wales and Me
Former Velvet Underground star John Cale is no stranger to drugs - years of abuse could have killed him. Now he returns to Wales to find heroin causing havoc.
Rock star John Cale is no stranger to drugs - years of cocaine, heroin and alcohol abuse could have killed him.
Now the former Velvet Underground star returns to Wales to find heroin causing havoc in our communities.
He meets addicts, drugs workers and politicians - and asks why help is sometimes hard to find.
Addicts commit crime to get treatment
One addict, originally from Birmingham, said he'd found it easy to get treatment in England. But after moving to Wales and relapsing into heroin use, he was told he'd have to wait over a year to get help.
And a 23 year old Cardiff man said he'd deliberately got himself caught shoplifting in order to get onto a treatment programme.
User age decreasing
Jamie Harris from Sandpits project for under 18s in Swansea said “Young people come in more often than not around the 15 years old mark, but they are reporting that they first started using heroin younger – possibly twelve or thirteen.”
Former Velvet Underground star, John Cale