Alarm over drug abuse in Danville
A NORTH West township called Danville has been reported to have a high rate of alcohol and drug abuse.
This was revealed yesterday during the international day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking.
The township is known for selling illegal drugs to pupils. It has a population of 5155 and had 12 taverns and four drug lords.
Community development practitioner Keabetswe Scotch has expressed concern about the findings of a recent survey into drug abuse in Danville.
The study found that the area has a considerably higher rate of substance abuse than the national averages.
The report revealed that 8% of teenagers there had used tik at some point and that one in 20 had used tik in the last 12 months. Drug abuse among teenagers was connected to the use of drugs by others in the household, attempted suicide and high-risk sexual behaviour, it said.
Scotch also said police have reported that 23.8% of offences were committed by people under the influence of drugs in Danville last year.