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PSC forms anti-drug abuse inter-ministerial task force

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PSC forms anti-drug abuse inter-ministerial task force


Brilliant Mukaro 

MASVINGO-The Public Service Commission (PSC) has formed an inter-ministerial task force mandated with curbing drug abuse and rehabilitating abusers before reintegrating them into society.
 The provincial task force was launched during a meeting held from Saturday-Monday at Chevron, a Regency Group Hotel.

The task force is made up of the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, which is chairing the task force and funding its programs with the Ministry of Health and Child Care rehabilitating victims. The Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage is the law enforcer through the Zimbabwe Republic Police, which falls under it.

Speaking at the meeting, PSC Social Development Director Tawanda Zimhunga said Government is worried about the scourge of drug abuse and the national and provincial taskforces are being put in place to ensure a holistic approach from all necessary Government departments.
The national task force was formed in Harare in February 2023.
Zimhunga also said district taskforces will be formed once the PSC completes provincial taskforces.

Detective Sergeant Netty Kundizeza of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) drugs section said Crystal Meth remains the most abused deadly drug on the street.
She also said drug dependence among the youth is so alarming and some of them are being raped or used to do criminal activities after they are given drugs. 

Kundizeza also expressed concern about the overdependence on sex-enhancing drugs which is leading to infertility among the youth.
“There is a lot of work for the inter-ministerial taskforce. The issue of drugs has become endemic in our society and the youth are doing the unthinkable only to get high worrisome is that some of them get used in criminal activities or raped after taking drugs. Some youth are getting high on diapers and coloured condoms,” said Kundizeza.

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