575 drug addicts, suppliers arrested

The Chronicle

Mashudu Netsianda, senior reporter
POLICE arrested 575 drug addicts and suppliers and confiscated drugs and substances worth $ 2.8 million from dealers while a total of 359 patients were hospitalized between January and October this year.

Deputy Health and Child Welfare Minister Dr John Mangwiro recently told senators the country is experiencing a new wave of drug addiction as young people take hard drugs like crystal meth, cocaine and the heroine.

Ingutsheni Central Hospital, which is one of the largest referral psychiatric medical centers in the country, said if the company does not act now, the country could lose many young people to drugs.

At least 40 percent of new admissions to Ingutsheni Central Hospital are young male drug addicts, with authorities calling for immediate action as the situation gets out of hand.

The psychiatric hospital receives at least 50 patients per month.

The government recently announced that, in an effort to tackle the scourge of drug addiction, among others, it has started implementing Zimbabwe’s National Drugs Master Plan (ZNDMP 2020 to 2025) and treatment and treatment guidelines. drug and alcohol related disorder rehabilitation Zimbabwe (TRGASUD ZIM).

It also identifies and modernizes existing mental health facilities that can admit affected children, adolescents and adults, including a dedicated children’s psychiatric hospital in each province until they have recovered.

In her post-Cabinet briefing on Tuesday, Information, Advertising and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the Cabinet had approved a report on the drug abuse situation among children, youth and people. the population in general, as presented by the Minister of Public Service, Labor and Social Welfare, Professor Paul Mavima who chairs the interministerial working group concerned.

The task force’s efforts are aimed at reducing damage and demand while increasing treatment and rehabilitation and promoting community and social reintegration.

“The nation is informed that a total of 575 accused people have been arrested of which 192 were suppliers and 383 were end users. In addition, thanks to effective surveillance, law enforcement officers were able to seize and recover drugs and substances amounting to $ 2.8 million, ”she said.

“A total of 16 campaigns against drugs and drug addiction have been carried out on various platforms, including the media. Regarding treatment and rehabilitation, a total of 359 patients were hospitalized between January 2021 and October 31, 2021.

Minister Mutsvangwa said the Ministry of Civil Service, Labor and Social Protection works with stakeholders who are implementing parenting programs.

The parent club’s strategy is to facilitate reintegration once a survivor is released from treatment.

Minister Mutsvangwa said resuscitation of family clubs serves as prevention mechanisms as they instill positive parenting through community structures.

Minister Mutsvangwa said other strategies included identifying and improving community activities, including establishing parent support groups and patient support groups.

“With regard to social and community reintegration, the ministry, through the ministry of social development, uses the national case management system for the identification, referral and management of cases of drug addiction survivors and drug addiction survivors. drug addiction.

Thanks to government interventions, 97 female and 175 male drug and drug addiction survivors have been assisted since January 2021 to date, ”she said.

The government is already working on revising the National Policy on Drug and Substance Abuse and amending the Dangerous Drugs Law, which is up to date with the current abuse of illicit drugs in the country in order to increase the penalties applicable to drug addiction and drug addiction. – @mashnets

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