'Tik' is the most used drug in the Western Cape - report

A 2021 report compiled by the South African Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use revealed that the primary substances used were ‘Tik’

Thirty-seven specialist treatment centres or programmes participated in the project between July-December 2019.

Of the 37 centres, 30% used tik, 25% cannabis, 19% had an alcohol problem, and 14% used heroin.

Overall, 2654 persons were treated across all 37 treatment centres in the second half of 2019.

Across all sites between 70 & 88% of the clients were identified as male, however, gender differences were noted for various primary substances of use.

The Western Cape’s Social Development MEC, Sharna Fernandez said that the province has experienced a gradual increase in the proportion of female patients accessing treatment over the past five years.

“If you or your loved ones are struggling with a substance use disorder (SUD), the right guidance and support can help you live a life of sobriety, and in doing so, being able to help yourself and those around you.

‘’Getting the right treatment now will help your loved ones in the future. The Department of Social Development (DSD) holds a database with all the registered Substance Abuse treatment options in the province,” said Fernandez.

For more information on how to get the right help call 0800 220 250,  or visit our local offices at the Department of Social Development or visit www.westerncape.gov.za/substance-abuse.


PICTURE: The Peter Borough Examiner

Done By: Mitchum George