Drug master plan launched.

By Staff Reporter

HARARE – In an effort to address drug abuse-related issues, the government has officially launched the Zimbabwe drug master plan alongside treatment and rehabilitation guidelines for substance use disorders.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Zimbabwe drug master plan launch, the Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr John Mangwiro highlighted the importance of a drug-free society to achieve Vision2030.

“We need everyone and all hands on deck to reach our vision of a middle-income economy by 2030 and that is impossible if some of the youths are hooked on drugs hence we had to come up with this master plan.”

Various groups working with people who use drugs said this is a step in the right direction.

“We now need to ensure that strategies that have been laid down in this master plan can be operationalised and we also expect that people who use drugs will not be stigmatised.”

Common substances of abuse in Zimbabwe are alcohol, tobacco, cannabis and non-medicinal use of controlled medicines such as codeine-containing cough medicines.

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