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Robertson Police
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  • Substance Abuse is a National Crisis

    Substance Abuse is a National Crisis

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The Issue | Langeberg Substance Abuse Action Group

Substance abuse is a national crisis threatening the very fabric of our society with illegal drug consumption in South Africa recorded statistically as being double the world norm.  Increasing drug availability and abuse has led to an upsurge in crime and violence rates, especially among poor unemployed South Africans. Figures published by the South African Police Service show that drug abuse accounts for 60% of all crimes.   In essence, substance abuse is gripping the very core of our society and the co-ordinated efforts of all sectors such as Government, private, business and NGO’s is required to decrease widespread drug use at all levels of society.

The Langeberg Municipal region consists of 5 towns, Bonnievale, Robertson, Ashton, Montagu and Mc Gregor, commonly referred to as BRAMM.  Not only are these areas well known for producing some of the best wines in the country, it also has a history of communities rich in a very diverse culture. The majority of its inhabitants are made up of predominantly white farmers and coloured and black farm labourers.

Substance abuse is crippling our communities and is a primary health issue, a crime issue, a social development issue and a criminal justice issue. Over the past year, the Langeberg Region has seen a sharp average increase of 31.86%, in drug-related crimes (Crimestatssa) with Tik and alcohol abuse being an unrelenting affliction.

Establishment of LSAAG

Langeberg Substance Abuse Action Group (LSAAG) was established on the 24 May 2012 and built on three pillars, namely Awareness, Treatment and Aftercare and comprises of partner affiliate organisations and individual stakeholders in the NGO, Government, Private and Faith Based sectors.

The primary purpose of LSAAG is to effectively address substance abuse in the Langeberg Municipal region through collaborative networking, efficient utilization of resources, capacity building and effective project co-ordination.

Operational Structure

The LSAAG structure does not fulfil a statutory role, but rather encompasses the collaborative input and support of all stakeholders involved. The LSAAG initiative is guided by the LSAAG Advisory Committee, which consists of non-permanent subject matter experts within the LSAAG network of NGOs, Private Sector, Government and Corporate stakeholders whose expertise is requested as required.

Legal Structure

LSAAG Community-Based Treatment Legal Structure & Accountability.

LSAAG Legal Structure

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Announcing a Pilot Community Based Outpatient Treatment Programme for the Langeberg Region.

Substance abuse is crippling our communities and is a primary health issue, a crime issue, a social development issue and a criminal justice issue. Over the past year, the Langeberg Region has seen a sharp average increase of 31.86%, in drug-related crimes (Crimestatssa) with Tik and alcohol abuse being an unrelenting affliction.
In response, the Langeberg Substance Abuse Action Group (LSAAG) established in May 2012 is launching the first registered Community Based Outpatient Treatment Programme (CBT) in the Langeberg Region in February 2019, with the Town of McGregor selected as the first Pilot Town.

“Community Based Treatment is a specific integrated model of treatment for people affected by drug use and dependence within the community which provides a continuum of care from outreach and low threshold services, through detoxification and stabilisation to aftercare and integration. It involves the coordination of a number of health, social and other non-specialist services needed to meet the patient’s needs. Strong support is also given to the patient’s family and the community to address the drug and alcohol problems in their complexity and to ensure efficient and long-term results.

The LSAAG Community Based Treatment Programme and other associated projects are developed, managed and administered from a registered Non Profit Company - Social Transformation Action Defined (STAND). The LSAAG project does not align itself with any one particular organisation or individual but rather encourages the involvement and input of all relevant role-players within each Town.

This initiative has been endorsed by Executive Mayor Dr.Helena von Schlicht of the Cape Winelands District Municipality, the Executive Mayor Henry Jansen of Langeberg Municipality and the Ministry of Social Development MEC Albert Fritz. “If ever there was a time for service providers to work together to demonstrate and prove the value that collaboration provides, now is that time. This approach to substance abuse treatment is pioneering and provides a powerful opportunity to engage communities, service providers, farm owners, business owners, Government and the general public in collectively dealing with this challenge,” says Executive Mayor Dr.Helena von Schlicht Cape Winelands District Municipality.

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