Parents, get substance-abuse wise

2016-07-06 06:00

ON 23 June, Against Substance Abuse and SAPS held an educational evening for Amanzimtoti parents regarding substance abuse and our youth.

Qualified addictions counsellor Bianca Holman discussed the importance of how to address your child if he or she was suspected of using drugs, the signs and symptoms of drug use, as well as why teens get involved in these activities of using drugs.

“The attendance was, unfortunately, not what we had expected - but we will continue to host such evenings and hope for more parents to attend,” Holman said.

“A big thank you to Amanzimtoti SAPS members - Sector Commander Henk De Bruyn, who introduced himself to the parents, Derick Minya [warrant officer], who explained the legal implications when a child is caught with illegal drugs, and Charlene Van der Spuy [communications captain], who also informed the parents on the topic,” she added.

Holman also thanked Bradley Downs from Bobbi Bear, and Fanie Van Vuuren (a former police officer who is passionate about helping our community), who helped make the evening a success.

“Our next evening will be held in the next school term. It is extremely important that parents attend such events as it is to help our youth. Even if you believe your child will never use drugs, in today's times unfortunately, almost 99% of teens are exposed to illegal substances and we parents need to be aware of what to look out for and what to do if the situation arises,” Holman said.

She thanked Amanzimtoti High School for allowing them to use their venue, especially principal Louise Lemmer who is always on board to help the children and already does an amazing job with her pupils.

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