SABC News - SA losing battle against drug usage:Sunday 17 February 2013

"SA losing battle against drug usage"

Sunday 17 February 2013 09:36


Youth urged to stay off drugs(SABC)

South Africa is far from winning the fight against drug addiction, this is according to a North West based non-governmental organisation (NGO), House of Hope.

The NGO believes South Africa has a long way to go before it can effectively curb drug usage especially amongst young people.

It is estimated that more than 110 000 South Africans are battling drug abuse.

"As an individual, one has to have introspection, you need to look at yourself, where you are from and where you are going. Once you have established that, you are able to create some identity and then you will not be swayed by other temptations and the likes. But more especially dreams, goals and aspiration - that's what drives a person. A person without vision will not amount to anything, but particularly for the young kids. We get involved in these things because of peer pressure," said former addict and founder of House of Hope, Thapelo Kepadisa.

Another NGO, Life Line says more should be done to help put an end to drug and substance abuse.

"Its very alarming the way they are using it, so what we are trying to do is that we try to engage with these people to show them that this is not the right way of doing things. They would say: 'No, if I’m on drugs, I can do anything I want at any time'. So we are showing them that even if you are on drugs, there are consequences," added Life Line spokesperson Tshepo Ntsaku.

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