Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Study reveals 1 in 5 children are on tik

Imogen Vollenhoven
30 April 2013

The Cape Town Drug Counseling Centre has disputed a recent study that has revealed that one in five children in the Western Cape are on tik.

A recent finding by the Medical Research Council claimed that 2 percent of South African children are using the drug. 

Director of the Cape Town Drug Counseling Centre Ashley Potts said the Cape Town drug counselling centre statistics that was indicating that they work with an average amount of people in schools within the Western Cape but its far less in terms of its numbers and that which the research deals with.

He added that they are in no way disagreeing or rubbishing as stated in the article, the medical research claim on took the centre South African children using drugs and that this was a factual survey done and they are in support of it.

Meanwhile the Western Cape Department of Social Development said everybody needs to work together in curbing drug abuse in the province. 

According to official figures, at least 250 000 people in the province are now addicted to tik.

A shocking 36 percent of these are teenagers.

MEC of the Department of Social Development Albert Fritz explains that they want to ask all role players specifically where substance abuse is prevalent to take the department’s hand in getting and becoming part of the solution of the problem and to please resist the temptation.

He added that sometimes people just site on the fence and make comments and it is a completely unscientific and irrelevant instead of helping each other in and around the communities.

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