drug abuse

Call to Decriminalise Drug Abusers

TB/HIV Care Association, a non-governmental organisation working against the spread of TB and HIV, is calling for the decriminalisation of drug abusers.
The organisation’s Shaun Shelly, states that people who use drugs frequently suffer from human rights abuses at public spaces.

According to Shelly, the organisation recorded about 250 incidents of human rights violations in three cities throughout the country in a period of three months.

NGO Urges South Africans to Give Up Alcohol

A local NGO, South Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD), is calling on South Africans to give up alcohol for the month of February.

Founded by social worker, Caro Smit, SADD initiated the AlcoFreeFeb campaign which aims to raise money to develop and distribute alcohol education materials to increase awareness about the dangers of alcohol abuse.

In the same vein, Philippa Smit, a SADD alcohol and drug educator, points out that, “Every year people are still driving drunk and we need to bring down the damage caused.”

10% of Cape Town Mothers Smoke Tik – Study

A study conducted among pregnant women attending an antenatal clinic at the Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town has found that 10 percent of the mothers were abusing the drug methamphetamine or “tik” as it is known in Western Cape.

Speaking at the 14th (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics) World Congress of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, University of Cape Town’s Chantal Steward, pointed out that there is evidence that the drug impaired the growth of the fetus and that the babies showed signs of irritability that could persist for years.

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