ActionSA Launches Drug Awareness Month: Roadmap to International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26

ActionSA officially launches Drug Awareness Month, led by Team Fix SA member for Substance Abuse, Dereleen James and anti-drug activist, Curt Van Heerden, defining our focus for the month on the journey toward rewriting the narrative of our forgotten communities, turning the page on a chapter marked by struggle and uncertainty.

ActionSA recognises substance use disorder as a disease, a human tragedy that unfolds in our communities every day. Families are torn apart, promising futures are derailed, and individuals spiral into a cycle of despair. The consequences of drug addiction ripple through our society, affecting us all in one way or another.

By coming together as a country, by lending a helping hand to those in need, and by advocating for better policies and programs, we can turn the tide against drug addiction in South Africa with education, prevention, treatment, and aftercare as key pillars in addressing the scourge.

Crucially, we must invest in education programs that raise awareness about the dangers of substance abuse and equip our youth with the knowledge and skills to make healthy choices. Prevention efforts must target at-risk populations and provide support to vulnerable individuals before they succumb to the temptations of drugs.

Treatment and rehabilitation services must be accessible and affordable for all those who seek help. We must eliminate the stigma associated with addiction and provide a compassionate and supportive environment for individuals on the path to recovery. By offering a helping hand instead of a judgmental gaze, we can inspire hope and healing in those who are battling addiction.

Furthermore, we must work with government agencies, community organizations, healthcare providers, and law enforcement to create a comprehensive and cohesive approach to addressing drug addiction. By collaborating across sectors and sharing resources, we can amplify our impact and bring about meaningful change in our communities.

The fight against illicit drug trafficking in South Africa is a daunting challenge, but it is a battle we cannot afford to lose. Let us stand united in our commitment in advocating for specialised law enforcement units, dedicated courts, stricter border controls, harsher sentences for dealing and lifestyle audits.

A call to ACTION to all ActionSA structures, media, Faith based organisations, NGO’s and South Africans directly or indirectly affected by the scourge, and dire consequences of drug abuse and misuse:

– Let us educate ourselves and our loved ones about the effects of drug abuse and misuse.

– Let us support those battling with addiction by breaking the silence and stigma. Speak Out!

– Let us advocate for accessible access to treatment.

⁠- Let us work together to build a safer, healthier, and more compassionate society through the comprehensive implementation of the National Drug Masterplan.

As the work of legislating will soon commence through our elected members of Parliament, ActionSA will ensure that addressing the epidemic of substance abuse and the trafficking of drugs by emboldened cartels features high on the agenda of the 7th Parliament.