Drug abuse costs SA billions each year

By Drum Digital
21 March 2012

Drug abuse in South Africa amounts to twice the world's norm and costs the country billions each year, the DA said in Mpumalanga on Wednesday.

Drug abuse was costing South Africa R20 billion a year, Democratic Alliance MPL Anthony Benadie said during the DA's Human Rights Day Anti-drug march in Middelburg.

The DA demanded that an anti-drug unit should be set up within the police since the South African Narcotics Bureau (SANAB) had been closed.

"As with the closing of other SAPS [SA Police Service] specialised units, the closing of SANAB has had a devastating impact on the fight against drug trade and abuse across South Africa," said Benadie.

Drug use had affected every community as it had infiltrated every school, he said.

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