Services march against drug abuse

2015-11-04 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Stakeholders march against drugs and substance abuse on Friday.

PHOTO: supplied Stakeholders march against drugs and substance abuse on Friday.

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DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) and other health services, SAPS, NGOs, correctional services and ambulance services took part in a peaceful march against drug abuse on Friday.

The march was an initiative part of Mental Health Awareness Month and began at Dick King square at 9am when officials gathered with placards saying “no to drugs and substance abuse”. They then proceeded through Port Shepstone to the taxi rank and back again.

KwaZulu Private Ambulance spokesperson Belinda Catchpole also participated in the march and said it was a huge success and said testimonies shared by previous drug users and victims were inspiring.

Port Shepstone Hospital’s spokesperson Phumza Morai said all the organisations that participated in the walk came together because they could not keep quiet because drug use has a negative impact on people’s physical health, relationships and lives, in general.

Morai said the most prevalent drugs in the Ugu district are tobacco, dagga, alcohol, inhalants, narcotics, whoonga and sedative-hypnotic drugs, commonly known as depressants.

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