MEC MOILOA CALLS FOR PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITIES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST DRUGS AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE

North West MEC for Social Development Boitumelo Moiloa on Saturday called on
communities to play a critical role in the fight against the scourge of drug abuse in
the province.

Moiloa's plea to the communities came as the world observes the annual
International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking also known as World
Drug Day on Saturday (26 June 2021) under the theme: "Share facts on drugs. Safe
lives."

"It is time community members, religious organizations, non-profit organizations
including the media join with government in the fight against substance abuse. Many
users are being introduced to drug at an early age. We should not accept drug
abuse as a norm. Let us all help our children, our youth and elderly by telling them
about harmful effects of drugs and substance abuse," Moiloa said, adding that drugs
and substance abuse cause community disintegration, broken families and it
increases the severity of poverty and violence.

Lefapha la Tlhabololo Loago  Department van Maatskaplike Ontwikkeling

Her department, Moiloa said has established an In-Patient Treatment Centre at
Witrand hospital to provide rehabilitation services to drug users.
Other treatment centres which include Taung and Mahikeng treatment centres will
also be operational this year to provide similar services including accommodation for
homeless people.

"In this financial year 1 480 people have been targeted to receive substance use
disorder services at the two state run facilities and the service points. A further 3
900 people will be reached through substance abuse prevention programmes,"
Moiloa said.

 

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