Model in anti-drug abuse campaign


LOCAL model Tatenda Tarasana has partnered some non-governmental organisations to educate youths on the dangers of drug and substance abuse.

The campaign, to be held on March 19 at Kuwadzana 2 Community Hall in Harare, will run under the theme Blowing Final Whistle To The Drug Abuse Campaign.

Substance abuse is on the rise in Zimbabwe and this has forced  President Emmerson Mnangagwa to declare war on drug cartels.

Speaking to NewsDay Life & Style, Tarasana said the campaign was aimed at fighting drug and substance abuse among youths.

“Research shows that drug abuse has become rampant, especially during the COVID-19-induced lockdown periods where youths spend most of the time at home,” she said.

“The campaign sought to formulate a strategy in the fight against drug abuse, championing a drug-free generation that is aware and determined to stop the evil, lobbying for youth empowerment to help victims of the scourge.”

Tarasana said some members of the Junior Parliament have been invited to share their views on how drug abuse has destroyed communities, adding that they would be giving members of the society, especially parents, an opportunity to share their views on drug abuse.

“In coming up with such a campaign, I was moved by the fact that everyday I see young people taking drugs. This motivated me to act. Drug abuse can destroy their future, hence I decided to give a helping hand through this campaign,” she added.

“I also believe that as models, we have a role to play in educating society about such critical issues.”

“I am positive that the campaign will yield positive results as I have engaged the services of rehabilitation centres.”

Recently, the Children’s Parliament called on Finance minister Mthuli Ncube to capacitate law enforcement agents to deal with rising drug abuse cases among youths.

Child President Menzimuhle Ncube said young people were resorting to drugs because of socio-economic problems they face.

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