Drug abuse increasing among youth: Narconon SA

2010-05-24 11:46

Schoolchildren following celebrity role models are increasingly

ending up in rehabilitation facilities, drug and rehabilitation centre Narconon

SA has said.

The centre’s chairperson Paul O’Sullivan said the credibility of

local celebrities was facing a crisis as reports of drug and alcohol abuse among

them continued.

He said recent figures from the South African National Council on

Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (Sanca) revealed that at least 329 teenage drug

addicts had undergone treatment in the past year in just four centres, while

more than 1?000 sought help from outpatient centres.

“We are concerned about this increase in numbers and if we as a

society accept that our celebrities and role models are drug abusers, then our

youth are in serious trouble.

“Teenagers between the ages of 13 and 21 who admire these artists

and accept them as role models are being admitted as inpatients at various

facilities countrywide for up to 42 days to tackle their addictions,” said

O’Sullivan.


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