Drug and alcohol abuse are endemic in south africa fuelled by poverty and unemployment its a spiralling scourge health officials are now embarking on door. Drug abuse is increasing in the east african region both in terms of supplies and users east african countries are now known to be among the largest producers and users of marijuana according to the unodc report cannabis use poses one of the biggest challenges, second to alcohol why is substance. Corresponding author: r fellingham ([email protected]) this article engages in the debate surrounding decriminalisation of drug use and whether this is a possible solution to the problem of drug use in south africa – a question becoming more prevalent in global discussions about drug policy and its efficacy. In the heartbeat newsletter, south african medical insurance schemes' administrator universal healthcare painted a dire picture it suggests rampant drug-related crime with 15% of south africans having a “drug problem”, that the country is home to “one of the world's drug capitals” and that drug abuse. Substance abuse refers to the harmful or hazardous use of psychoactive substances, including alcohol and illicit drugs one of the key impacts of illicit drug use on society is the negative health consequences experienced by its members drug use also puts a heavy financial burden on individuals, families and society. Background the aim of the study was to explore the epidemiology of drug abuse treatment in south africa methods treatment demand statistics were analysed from south african national council on alcoholism and drug dependence and the south african community epidemiology network on drug use records, and a. An investigation into extent of drug abuse among youth in africa intuitional afflation & mailing address of author: dr santosh kumar mishra technical assistant, population education resource centre, department of continuing and adult education and extension work, s n d t women's university, patkar hall.
(read: the making of an african narco-state drugs, crime and dirty money are new big threats) data from the un's world drug report 2014 shows that in nigeria, misuse of prescription opioids, such as codeine, was more prevalent than the use of heroin (36 % annual prevalence of prescription opoids,. Illegal drugs are on the rise in africa, says the un how do you feel about drug use. Eastern africa region is composed of 11 countries by unodc report including kenya, ethiopia djibouti, eretria, uganda, rwanda, tanzania, zanzibar, mauritius and madagascar prevalence of drug abuse east africa is biggest producer of the cannabis plant, commonly known as marijuana an anecdotal report from. The drug scene is not entirely new to nairobi “there has been cocaine here since i was 14 years old,” says one young kenyan woman, who works for an e- commerce firm and is now 26 but whereas in the geriatric west recreational drug use is falling and many night clubs are closing, in africa's capitals it.
The history of psychoactive substance use in africa is relatively short except for the reports on the use of traditional substances such as alcohol, cannabis and khat the introduction of prescription drugs to africa drastically increased the availability and use of psychoactive substances this notwithstanding, alcohol, cannabis. Injection drug use (idu) is becoming an increasingly important mode of hiv transmission globally the number of african countries experiencing idu is reported to be growing this is cause for concern as the phenomenon of idu is arising within the context of an established and growing hiv epidemic.
Traffickers increasingly turned to europe, where cocaine use grew significantly over the last decade european law-enforcement officials responded by cracking down on air and maritime routes from south america and the traffickers in turn adapted by establishing the west africa connection just as the. Section 1 introduction substance abuse is a global challenge with detrimental effects on health, wealth and security of nations (unodc, 2010) in south africa drug abuse has been associated with crime, interpersonal violence, risky sexual behaviour (with accompanied increased risk of hiv acquisition and sti.
The world health organisation said the number of addicts in south africa had doubled in the past 5 years. Don't expel drug users from schools, help them instead 2017-06-27 15:17 it's drug awareness week in south africa, and non-profit counselling centre hope house is raising awareness around drug use by children and teens. The drug problem in africa is extremely serious, with drug usage reported as being at twice the world norm over 15 per cent of our population has a drug problem. The abuse of illegal and over-the-counter drugs was seemingly growing and needed to be dealt with urgently, said the chairperson of the sa medical association, mzukisi grootboom he added that south africa continued to be the regional hub for drug trafficking in and out of the country “drug dependency.
The united nations office on drugs and crime (unodc) is not exact about the level of drug use on the continent, but notes in a 2014 report: “while there is no conclusive evidence with respect to cocaine use in africa, expert opinion indicates there may be pockets of use  related to the rise in trafficking. The main objective of this policy brief is to assess the state of drug demand reduction (prevention of use and treatment for dependence) in west africa and analyze responses to the problem of drug demand in the region the discussion draws from a diverse array of available information from the world health organization.
Young drug addicts in south africa are using a dangerous practice to share their high it's nicknamed 'bluetooth' addicts inject themselves with heroin, then draw their own blood back up the syringe and inject it into a friend 'bluetooth' carries a high risk of transmission of hiv, hepatitis and other diseases. According to a 2013 report of the united nations office on drugs and crime ( unodc), while the use of traditional drugs, such as heroin and cocaine, seems to be declining in some parts of the world, the abuse of prescription drug and new psychoactive substance is growing africa is emerging as a target for the production. Even though epidemiological findings show low rates of abuse of these illicit substances in the general population, hospital-based studies point to a growing incidence of cocaine and heroin-related mental health problems information from recent studies in nigeria is utilized in an analysis of the drug abuse scene. Where are the african tales of personal struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction i've been studying the history of alcohol use in africa for more than twenty-five years and more recently i've also been looking at drug use yet i can't recall a single such story in my unsystematic sampling of african creative writing here in.