The Increase in Drug Abuse Raises Concern

According to the South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (SANCA) there has been a significant increase in drug consumption especially cocaine over the recent years. The organization was responding to reports that on Monday 22 April 2024, a R15 million cocaine bust occurred at the Richards Bay Port. Fathima Hoosen SANCA Durban Director, explains that it is one of many busts in the last year, with quantities totaling more than R200 million. The rate of cocaine addiction is said to have increased by 32% in the most recent financial year. Speaking to Suleen Julius, a community development worker from the Upington alcohol and drug addiction office, she also voiced concern about the rise in drug abuse in Upington and the surrounding areas and went on to explain that drug users can get the help they need...... INSERT[SULEEN]

Journalist: Tasha-Ree Kella

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