oSizweni SAPS continues its war against drug abuse, following an operation where two households in oSizweni were raided.
Newcastle SAPS spokesperson, Captain Jabulani Ncube explains the first incident took place when oSizweni police received information regarding a house selling drugs in Blaauwbosch. Working with Newcastle Task Team and oSizweni Crime Prevention unit, the three units descended on the house.
During the raid, they recovered 17 parcels of dry loose dagga.
The SAPS received further information, regarding another house in Blaauwbosch. At the house, they recovered two full mandrax tablets, four halves of mandrax tablets and seven quarter mandrax tablets.
While concerned about the dagga, Lillian Gajoo of South African National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependance (SANCA) claims the use of mandrax is increasing drastically. “It is getting worse and the users are getting younger as well. We recently had an 11-year-old come to us for help.”
She emphasizes that it is important for people to realise that drugs don’t discriminate. “Drug addiction can happen to anyone, irrespective of your race, belief, age and home environment. We have had children of ministers and doctors coming to us, because of drug addiction.”
But, as a parent, what do you look out for?
Gajoo explains that a parent will know if there is something different and wrong with their child. However, there are certain symptoms to look out for. These include:
• Droopy and bloodshot eyes
• A drastic change in sleeping habits
• A change in eating habits
• A change in personality
“It is important to always keep an open communication flow between you and your child. Through this, your child will come to you and say they need help.”
Furthermore, Gajoo says it is important for parents to educate themselves on drugs. Through the proper education, parents can determine if their child has fallen to the dark clutches of drug abuse.
If you or a family member is addicted to drugs or alcohol and want help, contact SANCA on 034 312 3641.