Minister of Health Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson bought the first fairy in the annual fairy sale supporting the work of the National Center of Addiction Medicine (SÁÁ), which began this week.
The profits will go to the teenage ward in the SÁÁ treatment center at Vogur, where 200 to 300 alcoholics and substance abusers under 20 are treated each year. The teen ward was opened in 2000, Morgunbladid reports.
The fairies are sold by volunteers across the country, who go from door to door and offer fairies for sale at shopping centers and other public places. The sale ends tomorrow.
A statement from SÁÁ says teenagers and young people in Iceland consume illegal drugs in increasing numbers and that SÁÁ has reacted with new treatment solutions by involving parents more.
Photo courtesy of SÁÁ.