Local schools counseled on substance abuse

2016-03-16 06:00
 Photo: Supplied KwaDukuza deputy mayor Dolly Govender addressing pupils about the negative effects of alcohol and drug abuse.

Photo: Supplied KwaDukuza deputy mayor Dolly Govender addressing pupils about the negative effects of alcohol and drug abuse.

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KWADUKUZA deputy mayor Dolly Govender condemned the distribution and use of drugs on school premises.

She was speaking at the launch of the KwaDukuza Drug awareness campaign at Groutville Sports Ground last Tuesday.

Govender told pupils from three high schools that drugs and alcohol abuse are associated with high risk behaviours such as unprotected sex, crime and violence, traffic accidents, mental and physical health problems.

“Those who have become addicted must access treatment, care and support services,” she said.

Govender said it has also been noted that there is an increase of patients younger than 20 years who are reporting to treatment centres.

She said alcohol and drug abuse impedes on education, improvement in learning and access to schooling.

“Substance and drug abuse lead to violence and arrests as it impairs one’s sense of judgment. Those who use alcohol and drugs are more likely to engage in unprotected sex, leading to an increase in youth pregnancy and HIV infections,” she said.

She advised pupils to respect their parents, teachers, members of the community and themselves, adding that each pupil’s future is in their hands.

“Your parents love you. As government we care about you. The question is: do you care about yourselves, your families, your education and your country?” she said.

Govender thanked the organisers of the event for creating a platform where individuals could share experiences and aspirations about the future. She further thanked educators and relevant stakeholders for ensuring the day was a success.

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