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Drugs in South Africa


by Jackie Peens, South Africa

Young people tend to think of drugs as an aid for relaxation and a method of running away from one's problems

South Africa is a country such as any other. And yes we are faced with the issue of Drugs. It is something that is busy feeding off of the human race, consuming their bodies like a parasite.

I must admit that my friends and I live in a sheltered environment and have fortunately not been subject to this parasite. Our school is clear of those horrid substances and we are very fortunate to have a councelling lesson where we discuss drugs and get more educated. To an extent, our sheltered environment that our parents have made for us is very helpful and initially to our benefit, but also to our detriment. We hear of drug abuse and other students being addicted to it etc. But I'm afraid to say that many of us don't truly know what drugs are. This picture of perfect life has been created to protect us as young people, but when we face reality at a later stage in our lives it is going to hit hard!

Youngh people are faced with so many issues than in the past years. We live in a world of fashion, fame, status, and brand labels. If you don't keep up, you're kicked out of the club, destined to be a nobody. I, being a teen myself, don't blame people for taking drugs. Yes it's wrong, but life is so full of pressure to perform and the stress of staying on top of things. Young people tend to think of drugs as an aid for relaxation and a method of running away from one's problems. If only that frame of mind could change.

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