SAPS Tongaat spokesperson Captain Patrick Ngwane said: “This global observance aims to raise awareness of the major problems that illicit drugs present to society. “The message was clear that our children and youth must refrain from taking drugs and an appeal was made to the public to report any drug abuse and illicit trafficking to the police,” Ngwane said. Ngwane added that the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is a science-based initiative by the United Nations office on drugs and crime to increase support for prevention of drug use.Ngwane said the police have made 180 arrests of suspects accused of drug dealing since January this year.“We are doing our best to root out drug abuse in our community. “In all our arrests, the main suspects are the youth. That’s a major concern to us. We would like to urge the community and the youth to stand against drug and alcohol abuse. They must assist the police and report all the suppliers of drugs to us,” Ngwane said.He added that Mandrax, dagga, and heroin are the most common drugs being abused in Tongaat and surrounding areas. According to the information from the United Nations, the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs aims to limit the possession, use, trade in, distribution, import, export, manufacture and production of drugs. The convention also seeks to combat drug trafficking through international cooperation to stop and discourage drug traffic- kers. To report drug activities, call the Crime Stop number 0800 10111. Haven of Rest can be contacted at 032 944 6364.