Community applauded for taking a stand against whoonga

2015-10-14 06:00

THE Ashdown community must be applauded for taking a stand against the widely used addictive drug, whoonga, and what was also encouraging was that SAPS also participated in the protest march on 5 October with the ANC.

Whoonga is exceedingly addictive and its use is widespread – even in primary schools.

In the Raisethorpe CBD, Mountain Rise SAPS and the Combined Action Team (CAT) have closed in on many dealers. While the good work of law enforcement will continue, it is worrying that there is a serious lack of rehabilitation facilities for addiction treatment - not even as outpatients.

Whoonga addiction is a huge challenge to conquer. Privately­ owned facilities are way too expensive. Authorities need to act urgently and establish facilities for counselling - a starting point will be our community clinics.

The Community on Patrol Programme (COP) initiated by the Community Police Forum (CPF) in conjunction with the Mountain Rise SAPS revealed the serious drug problems in our communities. What is encouraging is that Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) have come on board to assist with counselling together with community expertise.

AA and NA must be invited to Ashdown and other communities to initiate the excellent work they do. Our children, our youth are tomorrow’s adults and we need to ensure that morally strong characters advance into the future.

JAY JUGWANTH

via email

Whoonga is exceedingly addictive and its use is widespread – even in primary schools

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