"As I told you I'm Sashe. When I was about 8 I started to inject drugs. In 2011 I was situated at the clinic of Pediatrics Skopje. They treated me from drug addiction and other diseases as a result of the drug use. In August 2011, due to complications caused by long use of drugs through injection, I was relocated in a specialized hospital for Orthopedics in Ohrid. After several days without surgical intervention, the Center for Social Work from Skopje placed me in a private geriatric institution „Sue Ryder" in Skopje, because there is no an specialized institution for treatment, care and rehabilitation for children who use drugs.
In December 2011 they returned me again to the Pediatric Clinic due to the deteriorating condition of infection on the foot. „HOPS - Healthy Options Project Skopje" constantly contacted me and the representatives of the Center for Social Affairs and the health workers of the Department of Pediatrics, in order to monitor my situation. The doctors from Pediatric Clinic have told me that I need surgery on the leg, the Orthopedic Clinic refused to accept me.
One year I was placed in a medical institution without adequate care. In May 2012 I was dismissed, and handed over to care of distant relatives who were paid compensation. Due to the inadequate care, I lost my leg and now I navigate in a wheelchair.
The children that we are using drugs, we do not have adequate treatment programs and programs for care, rehabilitation and resocialization. Because of that reason „HOPS" addressed to the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and the Ombudsman in order to alert about the overall situation, also and for my particular case."