n Servamus Community-based Safety and Security Magazine - The real substance abuse problem within the SAPS : on the soapbox

Volume 109, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1015-2385


There are, I suspect, a lot more SAPS members who are abusing illicit substances than we realise, or care to realise. During my time in the SAPS I came across the phenomenon a few times, even with close colleagues. If substance abuse (I differentiate between the terms "abuse" and "use") is being done as a response to a sense of "missing something", or due to trauma or stress, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that police members turn to it - especially considering that police officials know better than most how to get hold of illicit substances.

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