Zuma determined to curb substance abuse
By Khanyisa Tabata
15 March 2011
President Jacob Zuma says substance abuse is tearing families and communities apart. Opening a summit on the scourge in Durban today, Zuma said government had directed the police to act decisively against drug peddlers.
Zuam said the affected communities should not to hesitate to provide information to the police.
He says over the past decade there has been a rapid increase in the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs by citizens of all ages, men and women, boys and girls.
The president has promised stern action against tavern and club owners who allow under-aged children into their facilities.
Alcohol is said to be the most abused substance in South Africa followed by cannabis commonly known as dagga.
The South African Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use has also indicated that an increasing number of young patients is being admitted to rehabilitation centres for alcohol and other drug related problems.