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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Drugs R Killing our Kids

News about the illegal drug trade and its horrific consequences are plastered everywhere. It’s in our newspapers, magazines, the internet, and television. Every day we are bombarded with the same stories over and over. It’s just the names and places that change.

Teenager dies of heroin overdose!
Drugs found at the airport -- again!

Cops caught smuggling drugs!
Drugs found out another school!
...................................................… and so on!

Drug abuse in South Africa is twice the world norm. 237 000 South Africans are totally dependent on drugs and will feed their addiction at all costs. 1.97-million South Africans are alcoholics. Alcohol abuse and drug addiction cost the economy R20-billion a year in accidents, injuries, assaults and medical treatment. Source

Drugs dominate recent front page headlines in Pretoria, South Africa’s capital city.

Last week a popular community newspaper, “Rekord”, carried the front page headlines, “News Shocks Mayor”. The story concerned the daughter of Tshwane mayor Dr Gwen Ramokopa, whose daughter was arrested for drug possession and biting a police officer during a raid at her school on Friday, 20 March 2009. She was later ordered by the Hatfield Community Court to undergo a drug rehabilitation programme.

This week, Rekord newspaper published another drug-related front page story when Pretoria’s biggest drug manufacturing laboratory was raided by the police. Following a tip-off and subsequent investigation by Garsfontein police and intelligence officials, drugs worth approximately R2-million as well as money of various currencies, including American dollars, Nigerian naira and SA rand totaling over R1-million, were seized in Morelelta Park. The drug operation, which had allegedly been running for a number of years, operated from a garage in a security complex in Moreleta Park. Three suspects were arrested. Police are still searching for a fourth suspect, the Nigerian husband of one of the woman arrested.

A worldwide dilemma

An estimated 208 million people internationally consume illegal drugs, and a growing number of people are becoming more informed, but yet authorities worldwide remain powerless to combat this curse that has infected the very core of our societies. I wonder why? Are pharmaceutical companies maybe the real culprits here? The above figure refers to illegal drugs only. How many human beings on this planet are addicted to so-called “legal” prescription drugs, and how many of these drugs act as a catalyst for other addictions?

Ritalin = Kiddie Coke and Kiddie Cocaine

In South Africa the prescription drug Ritalin is forced down the throats of thousands of kids every day, creating a breeding ground for future drug addicts. Kids as young as three are on this poison, simply because mommy and daddy cannot cope with a normal, lively, energetic child in the home. Eventually the poor kid gets labeled with all sorts of complex syndromes such as, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). What a load of crap!

Ritalin comes in small pills the size and shape of aspirin tablets with the word "Ciba" engraved on it. They come in colors of pale yellow, pale green and white. It is classified by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in the same category as cocaine and morphine. It’s also known by a variety of street names such as, “Kiddie Coke” and “Kiddie Cocaine”. It’s highly addictive and will in many cases lead to the addiction of stronger “illegal” drugs when the child reaches maturity.

If your kids are on Ritalin or anything that vaguely resembles this poison, get them off the stuff now!

Visit www.drugfreeworld.org for an interesting and informative experience regarding the drug issue. Take note that you will require Adobe Flash Player to view all the features.


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