In an effort to assist those who struggle with substance abuse, City of Tshwane, in partnership with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), yesterday launched the Hope Line contact centre to help residents affected by drugs in the city.
The Hope Line is a call centre that will coopt substance abuse specialists in the health sector to assist people who look for help to overcome their abuse. Altogether 23 non-profit organisations (NPOs) have signed up to aid the operation.
The centre will also give drug users and their families the opportunity to get help through referral to rehabilitation services and counselling and to promote and strengthen working relations with stakeholders on drug and substance abuse programmes. To link the people with any support relevant to the kind of assistance required and to enable communities to anonymously report drug peddlers.
Often these people are looking for help, but do not know whom to approach, where to go or what kind of rehabilitation centres are close to them.
We encourage those who are in need of help to call 012 358 5001.