Initiative to Help Staff Fight Drug Abuse
The incidence of drug use and abuse on UKZN campuses is growing resulting in Risk Management Services (RMS) starting an initiative aimed to make staff better informed and proactive to counteract the scourge.
A senior staff member of RMS, Mr Heinrich Botha, attended a weekend awareness programme some weeks ago whereby valuable information and material was obtained regarding the dangers of drugs. Thereafter he was issued with an educator’s guide and has been enabled to train other staff, initially in RMS with a view to ensuring that RMS staff members will then be in a position to take and facilitate awareness across the community and on all campuses.
Among other issues, the awareness programme training covers:
· Interactive questionnaires
· The need for drug education
· Reasons for drug taking and dependence
· Extensive related video clips of real people with real drug problems
Twelve RMS members of staff are now in a position to assist with running awareness programmes on request.
Staff and students can visit drugfreeworld.org to obtain more information.