State opens drug centre

2015-06-10 06:00

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SANCA said the drug of choice for young people was still tik but the opium krokodil which is mixed with various chemicals and chlorine, and sold at R50 a pill, was quickly catching up.

Practice Manager at the Step Away Treatment Centre, Sandra de Villiers, said she was delighted with the new centre promoted by the department of social development as there are no facilities for minors.

“We fully support this as we get many inquiries for minors whom we cannot assist,” she said.

De Villiers said Step Away was a registered treatment facility with the Department of Social Development for people 18 years and older.

“We offer a 21-day in-patient treatment programme functioning with a multi-disciplinary team consisting of a psychologist, drug counsellor and two social workers,” De Villiers said.

De Villiers said the cost for the 21-day programme is R28 000.

“Obtaining a licence for minors from the Department of Social Development is a huge undertaking because minors need educational programmes and the expense of running such a programme is very high. This could be a reason why it has taken this long for a state centre to be opened.”

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