As highlighted in recent media features, drugs are extremely easy to obtain. On
school playgrounds, at shopping malls, clubs and parties, most kids know where
they’re available. And they’re affordable.
Alcohol and smoking are often the entry points. Whilst tipsy, a teenager is offered a
joint and the slide begins. Smoking “green stuff” is seen as cool by many kids and they
don’t realise the danger they’re playing with. Nowadays, it’s often laced with stronger
drugs, such as heroin, and addiction grips fast.
Discussions with teens can prove quite hair-raising. Many of them don’t classify
dagga as a drug and many plan to one day try “weed”. This includes disciplined,
informed teenagers, not just rebellious kids with wild backgrounds.
In reality, none of us can ever assume that our kids are totally immune to the
danger of drugs – it’s in most of the places they frequent, and it cuts across all income,
cultural, religious and schooling spheres.
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