Illegal rehab centres a problem - govt

2013-04-10 22:18

Johannesburg - Unregistered rehabilitation centres are undermining the fight against drug abuse, the Gauteng social development department said on Wednesday.

The authorities needed to step up the fight against such illegal activities, the department said in a statement.

Over four or five months more than 20 illegally-operating centres had been found in Gauteng.

MEC Nandi Myathula-Khoza said the centres were a threat rather than a saviour for drug addicts, because their medical facilities were not reliable.

"Some of these rehabs are without any qualified doctors, psychological consultation, exercise facilities, proper kitchens, physiotherapy ward, and some facilities do not comply with municipal bylaws."

The department had found abysmal conditions in some centres.

"[We] have identified some of these facilities and the substance abusers were found to be living in abysmal conditions. Some [patients] were confined to small rooms and used for hard labour."

Communities were warned about sending people to unregistered centres last year. The department linked the increasing number of centres to the growing number of nyaope users.

Nyaope is a cocktail of, among other things, rat poison, dagga, heroin and antiretroviral medication.

It is mainly used by teenagers, and appeared around 2007 on the streets of the Tshwane townships of Soshanguve, Atteridgeville and Mamelodi.

The department said some people saw running a rehab centre as a way to make money.

In the last financial year, R10m, or 3%t of the department's annual budget, was spent on accredited and licensed NGO facilities in Gauteng.

Centres had been told to register, but only nine had done so, the department said.

  • Alex Ndoo - 2013-04-10 22:42

    Only in the New, Improved, Democratic South Africa can we find scientists and engineers intelligent enough to come up with new uses for otherwise useless antiretroviral medication. The ingenious blending of the medications, hard drugs and common household chemicals is sure to render Demoratic South Africa a Nobel chemistry prize or two!

  • sakkie.pretorius1 - 2013-04-11 00:46

    If you close these centres then you have to close the government hospitals as well because they also do not comply with the regulations as mentioned in this article.

  • Cane Corso - 2013-04-11 07:40

    Zooma: Crises, what crises!?

  • Liz Rudy - 2013-04-11 09:59

    Perhaps if there were more proper centers around people would not have to resort to using illegal ones. The costs involved in sending someone to rehab is also not cheap. It runs into thousands of rands and most medical aids do not cover the whole amount necessary. Please explain to me how a family living off R3000.00 per month must find the resources to send a family member to rehab?

      Steven Thomson - 2013-04-11 11:48

      why is rehab different from any other midical condition ?? if one has no private health insurance of finance you need to rely on the government sector. if you needed a heart transplant and did not have private resources you would not question how it was to be paid. why do people think drug rehabilitation which is a very costly operation to run if done properly should be any different ??

  • Lydia Benkenstein - 2013-09-13 09:46

    Even some of the so called registered centers are in a bad state.

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