Fighting the drug war

2017-05-02 06:01
Photo: Kalisha NaickerA drug addict can easily obtain marijuana to feed his or her habit.

Photo: Kalisha NaickerA drug addict can easily obtain marijuana to feed his or her habit.

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THE rise of drug use in and around the Upper Highway area is escalating at an alarming rate and residents are now concerned that the legalisation of marijuana (dagga) will add to this problem.

Residents feel that marijuana is a “gateway drug” and can be linked to nicotine use as well as harder substances down the line.

Concerned parent Bernard Hunter said that he hopes his teenager never tries smoking marijuana.

“For some, smoking weed is an occasional thing. For others, it can become a daily habit that drags a person down. I have seen many ‘smokers’ whose lives were destroyed in months due to this drug.

“With the widespread use of dagga, our community needs to guard against becoming complacent about this drug. I honestly feel that dagga is a passage drug to more hardcore drugs,” he said.

Waterfall resident Michelle Naidu also feels that the legalisation of marijuana was a step in the wrong direction for the country.

“As it is, the drug use in our community is so high and families are suffering. With the legalisation of this drug, more families will be destroyed.

“I feel that only the use of the oil should have been legalised and not the drug itself, as it can be controlled. I think this was just another way for our government to bring our country down,” she said.

Anti-Drug Forum’s Sam Pillay also feels that the legalisation has had a negative impact on their efforts to fight drug use in communities.

“We have had regular campaigns educating people on the use of drugs including marijuana and we want to reiterate that dagga is a drug, and it has detrimental effects on the body. Those who use this drug need to be cautious. The Anti-Drug forum will endeavour to fight drug abuse in the community and urge those with information and tip-offs to contact the police,” he said.

To report drug abuse or offer tip-offs to the police, contact the Hillcrest SAPS at 031 765 9116.

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