The entry level of substance abuse within our community has decreased at an alarming level. Learners are beginning to indulge in substances such as alcohol, marijuana and ecstasy from grade 4 levels. The facilitators of the Anti-Drug Forum who have been busy in the schools of Chatsworth this year have come across learners who have openly admitted to indulging in these substances. More and more learners are succumbing to the allure of drugs and substance abuse on a daily basis.
It is in the interest of the learners and our future generation that we appeal to the parents and Educators of the school to take charge and eradicate this problem. Some of the warning signs to look out for are: Bloodshot eyes, pupils larger or smaller than usual, Changes in appetite or sleep patterns. Sudden weight loss or weight gain, Deterioration of physical appearance, Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing, Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination, Drop in performance at work or school, Unexplained need for money, Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviours, Sudden change in friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies, Frequently getting into trouble (fights, accidents, illegal activities), mood swings, withdrawn or sudden angry outbursts. It is imperative that learners
The Anti-Drug Forum offers a range of programs to assist with substance abuse. Our programs for the learners have been specifically designed to assist learners addicted to substances as well as provide them with coping skills and positive adjustment mechanisms. One of these programs includes the Early Intervention Program for learners experimenting with dagga which runs for 5 weeks.
If you suspect your child or a learner is using drugs you may bring them to our offices on 17 Trisula Avenue, Arena Park Chatsworth, or contact us for assistance on 031 404 6993.
The ADF Team,