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Youth warned on substance abuse

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The day stands to encourages communities to take action in combating alcohol and drug abuse and to increase the availability and accessibility of treatment services to the communities of the Northern Cape.

THE INTERNATIONAL Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was yesterday held in Kimberley by the Department of Social Development. File picture: Bor Slana/Reuters

THE INTERNATIONAL Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was yesterday held in Kimberley by the Department of Social Development.

Yesterday’s event was preceded by three days of dialogues in various communities in the Province, where the Deputy Minister of Social Development, Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, engaged communities and the youth about the effects of substance abuse.

During the dialogues, members of the community and stakeholders, including the SAPS, were given the platform to discuss the challenges they face on a day-to-day basis.

The day stands to encourages communities to take action in combating alcohol and drug abuse and to increase the availability and accessibility of treatment services to the communities of the Northern Cape.

The objectives of the day is also to inform the public, particularly young people, about the harmful effects of alcohol and drug abuse and to raise awareness about the consequences of drug trafficking.

Themed “Listen First: Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe”, yesterday’s event was hosted by Bogopane-Zulu and attended by hundreds of community members, as well as dignitaries, including Premier Sylvia Lucas and the MEC for Social Development, Gift van Staden.