Presented as written by Kayla van Petegem, journalist at Rekord Moot:
Youths at an informal settlement in the west of Pretoria were treated to sweets and snacks during a “Let’s Talk about Drugs” outreach at the weekend.
The campaign was launched last year after organisers noticed a rise in drug abuse in the area.
“We also did it for youth day,” said Johan Cloete of Angels in Need organisation.
He said the outreach was held at the Malusi informal settlement by the Malusi Youth Development Organisation, along with other interested parties on Saturday.
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“The outreach was focused on the youth at the settlement,” he said.
Cloete said the focus was mainly on drug abuse.
“Drug abuse is something that affects so many people around the world. Which is why it is so important people are educated from a young age to be made aware of the dangers.”
He described the outreach as a success.
“It was great to be a part of an initiative,” he said.
“The more you know about how drugs work and the effect they can have on your body and mind, the more you would be able to protect yourself.”
He said it was also important that parents maintain a good relationship with their children.
“That way, the parents will immediately notice if something is wrong with their children when they act strange,” he said.
“Children will also feel more comfortable to approach their parents for help.”
This was not the first campaign against drugs in the area.
The second “Let’s Talk about Drugs” campaign was set to kick off next weekend at the Laerskool Generaal Nicolaas Smit rugby field.
The aim of the campaign would be to inform the community about available services and create a platform for former users to share their testimony to people to talk about drugs.
In the Moot, learners from grades 1 to 3 at several schools were visited by the police last week, where they were taught about drugs and how to identify them.
The grades 4 to 7 learners were made aware of the importance of making the right decisions in life.
The visit also included a drug exhibition, which made them aware of different forms of drugs and their effects.
From April, until the beginning of June, 3 700 learners were taken through the exhibition.
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Cloete said education about drug abuse was important.
“So many people and organisations around Pretoria are launching campaigns to curb substance abuse,” he said.
“Which is why I think it is very important to work together.”
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