Zimbabweans have been urged to shun away from drugs as they have long term implications, many of which can lead to death.

Zimbabwe Medical Association (ZIMA) recently held a health expo and community dialogue where people had the opportunity to interface with health care providers.

The event highlighted growing fears that Zimbabwe could turn from being a transit point for dangerous drugs to becoming a fully-fledged consumer if corrective measures are not taken immediately.

Many people abusing drugs do not realise that this has an effect on their health, with complications of abuse of substances such as broncleer leading to kidney failure says the spokesperson of the pharmacists against drug abuse, Mr Arnold Pinias.

However, for those who want a new lease in life, rehabilitation for addicts is available.

ZIMA president Dr Agnes Mahomva says it is critical that Zimbaweans have sufficient information, particularly on healthy lifestyles.

Statistics show that abuse of a combination of alcohol, cannabis, cocaine and other substances such as broncleer, histalix d and maragado tablets is on the increase.