Anti-drug campaign launched in N Cape

2010-10-15 07:50

Upington - There is no "one size fits all" approach in dealing with drug related problems, Deputy Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini said in Upington on Thursday.

People are encouraged to keep looking for the most appropriate solution for them, said Dlamini at the launch of a Northern Cape substance abuse campaign in Rosedale.

The problems in each province are unique and might require specific provincial interventions as stipulated by the National Drug Master Plan, which is being rolled out nationally.

Drug abuse is amongst the highest in the Northern Cape, and poor communities particularly suffer from alcohol and drug abuse.

"As part of the campaign we will unveil billboards advertisements located at strategic points."

Community must work together

Dlamini called upon the community to work together to eliminate drug production.

"We want our youth to be conscious and progressive. We want them to pursue healthy lifestyles, including safe sex and to live a drug-free lifestyle."

She said drug lords should not be allowed to operate in communities.

"We must work together with law enforcement officers through the local drug action committees to ensure that drugs have no place in our communities."

Known drug dealers must be reported to the law enforcement authorities.

"Most importantly, families must confront the problem of denial which perpetuates the scourge. Early intervention is very important."

Throughout the campaign, the department will work with communities to listen and understand what their needs were.

Alcohol abuse during pregnancy is a problem in Rosedale and many other communities throughout the country, she said.