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Drug Pollution - The Problem of Abuse

A. D. Bensusan

Abstract


Some of the aetiological factors are given as well as an outline of the extent of drug abuse in many countries, age of addiction and also the role of the medical practitioner. The main problem facing the profession in South Africa, at this stage, is to educate the public in the dangers of dagga. Five principles are described-considerable variation in potency and effect, evidence of addiction, psychomimetic effects (survey of some 1 500 or more patients presenting with dagga psychosis), disturbance of cerebral function, and dangers to the community. The writer urges use of a computer to combat the scourge. The whole problem of drug abuse is a challenge to the medical profession who should not relax their efforts until South Africa has the lowest drug addiction rate in the world.




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