Join forum to help combat drug abuse

2015-08-27 06:00

Substance abuse is rife and occurs in many homes, perhaps a husband, wife or child abusing alcohol or drugs or even prescription medication. Communities are plagued with break-ins or stealing by addicts, just to get another fix.

Health24 states that in 2013 one out of ten South Africans has an addiction problem.

“That is the reason why the Community Substance Forum was formed. This committee is part of the Local Drug Action Committee better known as LDAC of the Metro,” said Social Worker Heidi Botha who also is the Chairperson of the Local Drug Action Committee.

The functions of this committee are to ensure that effect is given to the National Drug Master Plan, to compile action plans to combat substance abuse and to ensure these plans are relevant and lastly to implement these plans.

“The vision is to have a drug-free society and the mission is to reduce the demand for alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, to reduce the harm associated with substance abuse and to reduce the supply of illicit substances,” said Botha.

Any interested persons or stakeholders involved with the combating of substance abuse are welcome to join monthly meetings held at Uitenhage High School. For more information contact Heidi Botha on 041 995 1108

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