City of Cape Town Receives New Substance Abuse Program and Drug Testing Kits

The mayoral committee member for corporate services, Demetri Qually stated the City of Cape Town have been working with the Medical Research Council (MRC) to find this link between these high number of absenteeism and substance abuse. The study took place over a two year period in order for the city to obtain as much information from the MRC as possible.

“It is envisaged that the city will benefit more from the research that the city seeks to initiate in partnership with the MRC using data from participating departments and directorates,” Qually stated.

This new project is called the Matrix project. It operates as an outpatient rehabilitation program keeping the workers in their normal day to day environment. It began with 15 employees who have graduated from round one, which is being sober for more than 120 days. Round two of the pilot program has been given the go ahead from the portfolio committee.

The city hopes that this program will encourage employees to come forward and seek help voluntarily for substance abuse problems. Out of those employees who participated in the Matrix program, 70 percent have been involved in a disciplinary hearing.

Qually said that many employees decided to resign before they could be served with notices of further action. Due to this, it was impossible to give an exact figure of how many employees were struggling with substance abuse.

A suggestion in the report recommends the city to purchase drug testing kits in order to perform on the spot drug testing. Also the managers and supervisors will be trained to “manage and test” employees who have substance abuse problems.



One Response to “City of Cape Town Receives New Substance Abuse Program and Drug Testing Kits”

  1. Rahul | April 12, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    The reason they ask you about any over the tnuocer drugs you have taken in the past 72 hours is to see if you will have any false positives for recreational drugs. Every drug has its own time period that it is detectable for, most drugs are 2 to 4 days, marijuana can be up to 30 days but that is only with heavy use. If you smoked weed only once a week before, then you will most likely pass the test. If you were a habitual smoker for the past month before that though, then you run a good chance of failing it, if so get a system cleaner. If you are a smaller person with a high metabolism it will get out of your system a lot faster. If you are really worried I would recommend you start exercising and drinking a lot of water and tea until you have to take the test. School tests are known to be very cheap and inaccurate though and I knew someone who had to take tests at school and was a drug user, and would simply dilute their urine with 90% water from the bathroom sink and the school never noticed the tampering because they used a cheap enough test.

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