New drug targets children

2016-05-25 06:00
The jelly babies are amphetamine-based and include  crystal meth, the new drug that is hitting Durban targeting young children. Photo: supplied

The jelly babies are amphetamine-based and include crystal meth, the new drug that is hitting Durban targeting young children. Photo: supplied

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JELLY babies – the ultimate, cutest jelly sweet that children’s mouths melt over …

Well not anymore, parents need to warn their children to not accept sweets from strangers.

Over the weekend of 21 May, police raided premises and arrested three people for possession of the “jelly baby­” drugs.

The jelly babies are amphetamine-based and include crystal meth, which is the new drug that is hitting Durban targeting young children.

Drug dealers are targeting younger clients daily, because they are easy targets and easily drawn due to a lack of knowledge.

The danger of the young taking toxic substances into their bodies is deadly – it can take only one dose to kill them. Their bodies cannot handle drugs the same way an adult can, and the effects are 1000 times worse due to the organs etc., still developing within their bodies.

Parents please, we need to be alert, we need to be prepared and we have to educate our children on the dangers of drugs.

Against Substance Abuse will be hosting an informational evening soon for all parents to give them the correct knowledge on how to educate their children and what signs to look for if their child has used drugs or been a victim.

If you have any information regarding drug dealing to children, contact us immediately on 073 153 5541.
- Bianca Holman.

• About the author: Bianca Holman SAC (Dip) is an addictions counsellor and the founder of Against Substance Abuse.

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