Substance abuse

Alcohol abuse is a factor in almost half of motor accidents in South Africa, resulting in the loss of 7 000 lives and costing the country around R20-billion every year, according to The National Drug Master Plan 2006 – 2011.

Drug use also has a negative effect on transport safety and up to one third of long-distance drivers admit to using drugs to relax and stay awake.

Research indicates that levels of substance abuse continue to rise in South Africa, while the age of experimentation has dropped to ten. Given the rapid globalisation of the drug trade, particularly during the last decade, no country in the world is free of this growing threat.