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Senior citizens call for intensified drug abuse awareness in communities

Story by Grace Sibanda

SENIOR citizens have noted the need for intensified efforts by communities and government to uproot the drug and substance abuse scourge which has ravaged society.

“In the past years, raising a child was a collective responsibility for the whole community, now it is each man for himself, which is why children are now so rowdy and cannot be corrected, hence the rampant drug and substance abuse scourge in our communities,” said a senior citizen.

Such are the sentiments being echoed by the elderly as they lament the alarming numbers of drug users in communities.

“We need the supply chain of drugs and substance suppliers to be cut at the root because our children are suffering and we cannot discipline them because they claim they have the right to do what they want,” added a senior citizen.

“The government needs to be stricter on these young people because children have become ungovernable. If we could go back to some of our cultural ways of disciplining, we would conquer this social ill of drugs,” said a senior citizen.

Law enforcement agents are on a massive drive to arrest the social ill, with calls for communities to report drug peddlers.

 Zimbabwe Republic Police Bulawayo province spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube said, “The police have identified several drug peddlers and we have seen a decrease in the number of people buying mutoriro in the city. We encourage people to report drug peddlers and to be discreet about it if they fear victimisation by violent people. As police, we are doing all we can to protect Zimbabwe citizens.”

Dr Kudakwashe Mawere, who deals with substance abuse patients, noted with concern how communities are exacerbating the social ill in their reception and treatment of drug users.

“We face a challenge in that we rehabilitate people here and once they go back into the communities they relapse, hence communities need more awareness on handling drug users and those who have been rehabilitated.”

The government is on record calling upon collective efforts to dismantle and identify drug networks that are causing havoc in communities.

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