Beast behind the drugs

2008-10-17 00:00

Danny K on crack, Tansey Coetzee on tik, Debora Patta on cocaine, Tamara Dey on heroin and Rosie Motene on tik.

These are the five well-known South Africans who participated in Marie Claire magazine’s campaign to highlight drug addiction, out now in the November issue.

Photographed by Alexis Fotiades, the pictorial depicts the physical effects of addiction and relays the message that drug-taking is not glamourous.

“The celebrities who participated in this story each had their own motivation and story to share regarding drug addiction and we are glad they are taking a stand with us to tell the world that drug use is not what it’s made out to be,” says Kate Wilson, editor of Marie Claire SA.

“We asked them to wear make-up and allow us to alter their images to illustrate the results of prolonged drug abuse. There is nothing glamourous about these portraits. They are pictures of a frightening illness and we hope that they will shock South Africans into thinking twice before getting involved in drugs.

"Drugs are a social evil that affects us all. Apart from the violent crime so often attributed to drug use, everyone knows someone who has battled with drugs. Addiction is a disease for which prevention is the only possible cure.”

The campaign in Marie Claire, supported by the South African National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (Sanca), also features four rehabilitated drug addicts who share their stories and roads to recovery.

“Drug abuse is the most untreated treatable disease,” says Shamim Garda, national executive director of Sanca. “I encourage all South Africans to speak up and if they need help, contact Sanca and we will walk the walk with you.”

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