The real cause of the addiction plague is social collapse.
The War on Drugs is being pursued by the current American administration, just as it was by a number of presidents who came before Obama. But all the indications are that it is a war that cannot be won. “It should be treated as a health issue, not a criminal one,” Obama has said.
In South Africa the problem is essentially the same as in the United States, and is at its most intense on the Cape Flats. “Law enforcement is essential, but addiction is the core problem,” says Major-General Jeremy Vearey, South African Police Service cluster commander for Mitchells Plain, Cape Town, who has been dealing with drug-related crime in the Cape for all of three decades.