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National Launch of Anti-Substance Abuse Campaign Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Substance abuse and illicit drug trafficking is a global phenomenon, and South Africa is no exception. This has serious implications for the millions of citizens because substance abuse contributes to crime, gangsterism, domestic violence, family dysfunction and other forms of social problems. The South African government recognises that the drug problem is complex and requires decisive and collective national action.

Social Development is the lead government department in implementing the National Drug Master Plan (NMDP, 2006-2011), which serves as a blue print of national action and programmes to stamp out drug abuse and its associated challenges. The NMDP commits government and all important sectors of society to work together on key areas such as to reduce the demand and supply of illegal drugs through a wide range of coordinated action from national to local levels.                                                                                                                                      

The complexity of the drug and alcohol abuse problem in the country demands a coordinated and highly integrated approach if the goal of creating a drug-free society is to be achieved. To this end the Central Drug Authority (CDA) – the body responsible for planning, coordinating and promoting measures to prevent and combat the scourge of substance abuse and illicit drug trafficking in the country, is planning to launch an anti-substance abuse national campaign in the Northern Cape. At the heart of campaign is a national call to all sectors of the South African society to help mobilize social conscience against substance abuse and to raise general public awareness about the dangers of drugs.            

Driven by the CDA, the primary objective of this national campaign is coordinate the work of all stakeholders concerned with the National Drug Master Plan, so as to make a collective contribution to the critical work of addressing the serious impacts of illicit drug use in communities. This campaign aims to create discussion not just in the public arena but in homes, schools and to stimulate debate and action at all levels of the South African society. This will be complemented by a mass media campaign.                                                     

After the national launch, provinces will conduct province-specific launch and campaigns in a form of the door-door campaigns. The purpose of these campaigns is two fold: sharing information with communities and to collect data for provincial reports which will be discussed at provincial summits leading to the main national summit. The Provincial Drug Action Committees and Local Action Committees were identified as key stakeholders whose participation is critical for the success or failure of the national campaign.                            

One of the key features of the campaign is the 2nd Biennial Substance Abuse Summit that will be held at the ICC-Durban from 8-10 December 2010. The Summit will serve as a platform for call to collective action for the elimination of illicit drug production, use and trafficking in South Africa.  The summit will culminate in the adoption of key resolutions which will form the basis of the National Action Plan as well as a Declaration of Commitment.                                                                                                                    

The current Legislative Framework provides the South African Government with a basis for combating substance abuse and this is augmented by specific International Instruments and Conventions.                                                                                      

·         Chapter 2 Bill of Rights Section 7 (1) enshrines the Rights of all People including those abusing substances and affirms the democratic value of human dignity, equality and freedom.

·         The National Drug Master Plan (2006-2011) was drafted in accordance with the stipulations of the Prevention and Treatment of Drug Dependency Act no 20 of 1992 and enables cooperation between government departments and stakeholders in the field of substance abuse as well as promoting regional, national and international cooperation in the management of the illicit supply of drugs and abuse of substances.

·         The Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Bill was passed by Parliament in November 2008 and seeks to combat substance abuse through prevention, early detention, prevention and reintegration programmes

·         The Drug Free Sport Act no. 14 of 1997 makes provision for effective and efficient drug testing programme on all South African sporting codes through the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport which is responsible for the anti-doping policy and promotes participation in sport, free from use of prohibited substances in the interest of the health and well being of sportspeople.

·         South Africa is a signatory to the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, the African Union and South African Development Community Drug Control Protocol as well as the United Nations Convention on Transnational Organized Crime

The complexity of the drug and alcohol abuse problem in the country demands a coordinated and highly integrated approach if the goal of creating a drug free society is to be achieved                                                                                              

·         The envisaged summit will enable government to network and obtain recent data that could facilitate the development of relevant treatment, prevention, rehabilitation, aftercare and reintegration modalities in the country and, possibly abroad. 

·         It will create an opportunity to benchmark initiatives and best practices from various countries to reduce the harm and address the crime associated with substance abuse 

·         The summit will serve as a forum to disseminate and promote South Africa’s national legislative frameworks available in the field of substance abuse as well as to profile and give visibility to the primary objective of the National Drug Master Plan  

·         A set of resolutions or National Programme of Action and Declaration emerging from the summit will guide all stakeholders to revise the objectives and functions of the Provincial Substance Abuse Forums as well as the Local Drug Action Committees so as to implement the resolutions agreed upon.