Daily police harassment is undermining HIV prevention efforts among people who inject drugs, according to the TB/HIV Care Association (THCA). The association has recorded almost 250 “abuse” cases among this group in just three months, according to a report released today.
Despite growing nyaope addiction, only one public health treatment centre in the country offers Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST), which gives a medical helping hand to opiod drug addicts who are trying to kick their habit. Instead, addicts are expected to go ‘cold turkey’ and many relapse from sheer pain
In the rural North West town of Makwassie, poverty continues to fuel drug use and crime, according to community members who recently participated in a mock debate as part of a community dialogue.
Sheila Gumbi watched her son change before her eyes as her once sweet baby boy became increasingly aggressive. She now knows why but being able to name her son’s addiction has not given her the power to stop it.