07 September 2010

Growing problem of teenage addiction

Substance abuse is becoming an increasingly difficult problem among adolescents in South Africa, according to the latest research.

The South African Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use (SACENDU, 2005) highlights how substance abuse is becoming an increasingly difficult problem among adolescents in South Africa.

It also appears that young drinkers are at higher risk for later addiction to, or problems with other drugs. Similarly, a survey of drug and alcohol use conducted in 2002 with primary school children in Cape Town, indicated that one-fifth of primary school children have tried drugs. The average age of first using drugs was 12 years. In high schools, 45% had tried a drug, and 32% were still using drugs.

Province/race White African Coloured Indian Most commonly abused drug
Gauteng 26% 60% 13% 1% Cannabis, mandrax, alcohol
Mpumalanga 48% 45% 5% 2% Cannabis, alcohol
Durban 9% 52% 12% 27% Cannabis
Port Elizabeth/East London 18% 41% 37% 4% Cannabis, mandrax, alcohol
Cape Town 10% 1% 81% 9% Methamphetamine


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