Addicts at birth: Ocean View’s ‘tik babies’

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Methamphetamine (tik) abuse in the Western Cape has exploded over the past two decades. It is a highly addictive drug and, in Ocean Views, its users include pregnant women. Increasingly, children exposed to tik in utero are entering the public schooling system and struggling to get by. With medical research only beginning to take shape and an already shocking drop-out school rate that’s due to compounding social ills in lower income communities, it will take money and miracles to make sure these kids don’t fall through the cracks.

Read the full feature on the Guardian.