Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi and MEC Mbali Hlophe of Social Development, Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment have launched a new initiative to rehabilitate drug addicts.
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The ministry dismissed reports on social media about the two-year waiting period for getting a place in state rehabilitation centers.
“This follows a donation campaign launched by a concerned citizen to raise funds for the rehabilitation of street beggars and drug addicts,” Hlophe said.
“Everyone can access rehabilitation for free at state-run drug rehabilitation centers and those run by government-subsidized NPOs,” she said.
The initiative is part of the province’s 2030 vision to put young people at the center of political decisions as well as the economy.
“The Gauteng government has also launched a drug helpline after several calls for help from teenagers.
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Remember that no money is needed to enter government rehabilitation centers,” Hlophe said.
“The helpline aims to step up the fight against substance abuse across the province.
“The 24-hour substance abuse call center service is a platform for parents and caregivers to seek rehabilitation for their child or adult drug abusers,” Hlophe said.
Applicants, if successful, will be enrolled in a state rehabilitation facility.
Call the helpline on 0800 228 827 or email [email protected]