Cig ban could trigger relapse among drug addicts, warn rehabs

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Cig ban could trigger relapse among drug addicts, warn rehabs

Some treatment centres believe the tobacco and alcohol ban can do more harm than good, survey finds

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Some substance-use treatment facilities believe the government’s ban on tobacco sales could result in the addicted relapsing, sharing supplies or using criminal networks to get hold of illicit stock.

These are some of the preliminary findings of a survey conducted by the SA Medical Research Council’s Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit, in which 44 treatment service providers were questioned about the affect Covid-19 has had on them and the people who use drugs.

Deputy director of the unit, Prof Bronwyn Myers, unpacked some of the findings during a webinar hosted by the University of Cape Town’s HIV Addiction Technology Transfer Centre and the SA National Council on Alcoholism (Sanca) this week...

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