News : Hopeline Registers Over 300 Calls for Help
Pretoria, South Africa, Oct 26, 2017 - Following the establishment of a Hopeline in August, the city has registered over 300 calls from residents looking for help to find the nearest drug rehabilitation centres.
Hopeline is a drug and substance abuse line established to offer a lifeline to drug users by organising them help from the relevant institution.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga said: "We are confident that the introduction of the Hopeline and other interventions like the specialised unit for drugs (Tshwane anti-drug unit) will see a sharp decline in drug-related crime over the next year.
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Success stories include that of a man who has been living under a bridge for years that has finally been offered the assistance he requires. Hopeline has also rescued a woman who was being prostituted against her will, and held captive through her addiction to heroin."
Msimanga said another success story was that of a mother who used to send her son to buy her alcohol in order to cope with her marital problems.
Having met one of the Hopeline social workers she now recognises the role she played in her son’s alcohol addiction and has since, together with her son, taken the necessary steps to address the problem.
Msimanga said these and many other accounts gave hope that the contact centre was well on the right track.
"In any event we encourage more people to use this facility so that we may accelerate the progress made in this area that affects more than the 304 residents registered at the Hopeline thus far."
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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