Help addicts, don’t crucify them

2017-07-04 06:01

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Residents have added their voice in a plight to see drug addiction ­decriminalised.

On Monday last week, several residents and volunteers took to AZ Berman Drive from 16:00 to 19:00 for the international campaign “Support. Don’t Punish.”

Ashley Potts, director of the Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre, says the placard demonstration was organised to form part of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

The day commemorates the memory of drug users who were publicly punished for being addicted to drugs in other countries, including some users who were executed.

“As treatment specialists we must accept that there is something we are not doing right. If we keep putting users in prison we are not helping them.They cost taxpayers thousands.

“They need help, not prisons. They need to be put into rehabilitation centres,” he says.

He adds that people have a misconception of the campaign.

“We are not saying that drugs should be decriminalised, we are saying drug users should be decriminalised,” says Potts.

Residents have added their voice in a plight to see drug addiction ­decriminalised.

On Monday last week, several residents and volunteers took to AZ Berman Drive from 16:00 to 19:00 for the international campaign “Support. Don’t Punish.”

Ashley Potts, director of the Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre, says the placard demonstration was organised to form part of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

The day commemorates the memory of drug users who were publicly punished for being addicted to drugs in other countries, including some users who were executed.

“As treatment specialists we must accept that there is something we are not doing right. If we keep putting users in prison we are not helping them.They cost taxpayers thousands.

“They need help, not prisons. They need to be put into rehabilitation centres,” he says.

He adds that people have a misconception of the campaign.

“We are not saying that drugs should be decriminalised, we are saying drug users should be decriminalised,” says Potts.

Residents have added their voice in a plight to see drug addiction ­decriminalised.

On Monday last week, several residents and volunteers took to AZ Berman Drive from 16:00 to 19:00 for the international campaign “Support. Don’t Punish.”

Ashley Potts, director of the Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre, says the placard demonstration was organised to form part of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

The day commemorates the memory of drug users who were publicly punished for being addicted to drugs in other countries, including some users who were executed.

“As treatment specialists we must accept that there is something we are not doing right. If we keep putting users in prison we are not helping them.They cost taxpayers thousands.

“They need help, not prisons. They need to be put into rehabilitation centres,” he says.

He adds that people have a misconception of the campaign.

“We are not saying that drugs should be decriminalised, we are saying drug users should be decriminalised,” says Potts.

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