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Vatican     HOLY SEE TO PUBLISH MANUAL ON TREATING DRUG ADDICTION
The Vatican is preparing to publish a manual on drugs, which offers advice to pastoral and social workers for better assistance to drug addicts at all levels.
    The announcement was made on Tuesday by Mexican Archbishop Javier Lozano Barragán, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care, when he addressed the World Conference on Drug Prevention in the Sicilian town of Terrasini.
    The manual, which will be distributed throughout the world, is for "priests and social and health care workers, and gives guidelines to address drug addiction and the overall drug phenomenon," the archbishop said.
    According to the archbishop, the document regards so-called light drugs as dangerous.
    He said: "The real problem is the person who takes these substances, because he manifests symptoms of grave malaise. He is a person we must help, because he lives in a world devoid of values and lacking in love."
    The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age reported on Saturday that the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had issued a six-page document instructing Catholic organisations not to participate in government initiatives involving legal heroin-injection rooms or needle exchange projects for drug addicts.
    Zenit (available soon)
   
28 Sep 00



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