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Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Act, 2008

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To provide for a comprehensive national response for the combating of substance abuse; to provide for mechanisms aimed at demand and harm reduction in relation to substance abuse through prevention, early intervention, treatment and re-integration programmes; to provide for the registration and establishment of treatment centers and halfway houses; to provide for the committal of persons to and from treatment centers and for their treatment, rehabilitation and skills development in such treatment centers; to provide for the establishment of the Central Drug Authority; and to provide for maters connected therewith.


Last update: April 2023

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Latest Developments:


The Prevention of and Treatment for substance Abuse Act, 2008 (Act No. 70 of 2008), has been updated by the Rules Governing the Quorum, Procedure at meetings and, generally the Conduct of Functions of the Central Drug Authority, as per Notice No. 3310 of GG48434, dated 17 April 2023


The Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Act, 2008 (Act No. 70 of 2008) has been added to the website by Government Gazette 32150 dated 21 April 2009 - Notice 436; New Act.