Young kids crave dagga
Research shows that SA has the highest rate of drug use and abuse in Africa, with children younger than 13 already habituated
consumption costs South Africa’s economy at least 6.4% of gross domestic product – or R136 billion a year. These costs are incurred from treatment, social development and policing, as well as education and awareness campaigns.
Dr David Bayever, deputy chairperson at the Central Drug Authority – which has an independent mandate, but is housed within the department of social development – shared similar concerns.
“Introducing drugs, including alcohol, when under the age of 25, while the brain and body are still developing, may have profound and lifelong effects that are often only identified in later years,” he said.
Bayever also expressed concern about the 3 000 South Africans imprisoned in various countries on drug trafficking charges, the majority of whom were women.
“Young girls are particularly vulnerable and easily lured