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Zimbabwe: 70% of Psychiatric Problems Alcohol or Drug Related - Govt

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A soaring numbers of people admitted at different psychiatric hospitals are reportedly suffering from mental health problems due to growing levels of drug/substance abuse, ministry of health and child care has revealed.

Speaking at a social influencers on drug and alcohol workshop in Harare yesterday, Mental Health Services Department Deputy Director in the health ministry, Dr Chido Rwafa expressed worry on the emergence of new and deadly drugs on the informal market which she said was attributed to mental health problems in society.

"70% of psychiatric issues are drug/alcohol related. Substance abuse is now one of the top three problems in mental health and it's the major cause of admissions

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