Millions poured into anti-drugs fight

2018-06-28 06:01

The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) has launched its Substance Abuse Awareness Week, which also includes the marking of International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking on Tuesday 26 June.

DSD has allocated R104 million to continue its work in tackling this scourge, and since 2014 a total of 35 502 clients have accessed the department’s substance abuse treatment services.

Albert Fritz, Western Cape MEC for Social Development, said: “Our campaign this year seeks to raise awareness about the dangers and effects of substance abuse, which includes both drug and alcohol abuse. DSD continues to be at the forefront of the fight against substance abuse, focusing on rendering early intervention, Inpatient treatment, Community based treatment, and aftercare services.”

He says DSD has grown its network of funded services from a mere seven in 2009 to funding 43 organisations at 51 sites across the province.

“We have specifically targeted treating young people in order to address the rising tide of youth alcohol and drug usage,” Fritz says. “The department has expanded the adolescent Matrix Outpatient Programme to schools in Kuils River, Eerste River, Steenberg, Lavender Hill, Hout Bay and Elsies River, in addition to our Child & Youth Care Centres. DSD also runs an inpatient treatment programme at Lindelani Youth Care Centre.”

The department will drive a door-to-door awareness campaign over this week, to raise awareness about our services, said Fritz.

He says its services are here to help the public, and not to judge.

Anybody needing more info or assistance can contact DSD at www.heretohelp.co.za or the DSD hotline 0800 220 250. Drug and alcohol abuse can be beaten “Better Together”.

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