Rehab facility for KwaDukuza proposed

2017-01-11 06:01

IN an effort to curb the scourge of drug abuse plaguing KwaDukuza communities, the KwaDukuza Municipality has commissioned a task team to conduct research into the possible establishment of a rehabilitation and treatment centre.

Drug use has risen rapidly over the past five years raising concerns about the rate at which crime has increased in direct relation to drug abuse.

Community members have asked law enforcement to arrest drug peddlers and users, however, this has not helped the situation.

One of the most common drugs used in the area, whoonga, is technically not illegal as no illegal substances are used in the production of the drug.

Therefore, while its use is dangerous and has caused much degradation in society, it is not illegal and sellers and users cannot be prosecuted.

Police do arrest those found in possession of the substance, but they are released with little or no consequences.

In addition there are no public facilities in KwaDukuza that deals with these problems.

These factors have prompted the municipality to possibly establish a fully-equipped facility where those battling the addiction will be assisted.

According to a parent, whose child has become a user of whoonga, the effects of the substance are devastating and far reaching.

“My child was normal, healthy and happy, then I don’t even know how, but he got involved with the wrong people and started using whoonga. That was over a year ago and we are still battling with him today. He is only 15. He has resorted to theft to get money to buy the stuff.

“We have tried to help him, but we cannot afford to send him to rehab. He has even stolen from our home and from family. Something must be done to help us and those like us.”

Many parents and family members have shared the same sentiments and are hopeful that a facility will soon be built to assist them.

The task team, which will be responsible for all facets of the institution, will report back to council who will monitor the progress of the project.

A drug master plan is still to be discussed by councillors and government departments.

Currently, councillors are working together to identify savings and funds that will be used to secure dilapidated buildings for refurbishment or a farm that can be used as the new KwaDukuza rehabilitation and treatment centre.

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