Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Drug Abuse Prevention is Better Than Treatment

Social Development Deputy Minister Jean Benjamin has emphasised that preventing drug abuse is more effective than treating addicts. "We all know that it is much more effective to prevent people from experimenting with drugs as it is extremely difficult and costly to successfully treat a person with a drug problem," she said. Once someone becomes addicted to drugs that person will always be an addict, said Dr Benjamin. She added that there would always be a threat of a relapse even if a person could stop taking drugs. Dr Benjamin was addressing an event to mark International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, held at Umbhumbulu in KwaZulu-Natal today. This year the day is being observed under the theme "Drugs and Children" under the slogan: "Drugs are not child's play".

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