Stop drug abuse, make a difference

2018-07-05 06:00

MORE than 30 residents and members from different local organisations embarked on a drug awareness campaign to commemorate the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26.

Members of EPWP Safer Cities, Tongaat Central Library, Haven of Rest, and residents held a placard demonstration outside Tongaat SAPS to raise awareness on substance and alcohol abuse.

The purpose of the day was to sensitise the community about the plague of drugs in the community.

Programme manager from Haven of Rest Shushi Govender told the Weekly:

“This event was to commemorate international drug free day. “The aim of the event was to create awareness and to alert the community on the dangers of drugs and its effects.

Pamphlets were distributed to all who attended.

The Halfway House [at Haven of Rest] offers inpatient and out-patient services,” Govender said.

The day is commemorated each year to strengthen global action and co-operation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.

The theme of this year was “Listen First — Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe”.

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 an initiative by the United Nations office on drugs and crime to increase support for prevention of drug use that is based on science.

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 exclusively and scientific purposes.

The convention also seeks to combat drug trafficking through international cooperation to stop and discourage drug traffickers

To report drug activities, call the Crime Stop number 0800 10111.

Haven of Rest can be contacted at 032 944 6364.

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