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Drug abuse rife in schools: Administrator

29 October 2014, 12:21 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Nyeri south Deputy County Commissioner, Caroline Imaya has raised alarm over the increased abuse of drugs amongst students.

Imaya said alcoholism and abuse of drugs was rife in the region as she called for a sensitisation campaign in schools.

“If all of us talk about abuse of drugs and caution students against it, the challenge can be curbed. We should ensure students are not victims of substance abuse,” said Imaya.

Speaking outside her offices, the administrator stated that use of drugs and alcohol was among the factors affecting education in the area where schools have been posting low academic grades.

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“The matter requires inter-agency collaboration for us to arrest the problem. It should not be left to one body,” said Imaya.

In some of the major townships in Nyeri County- including Othaya, Mweiga, Mukuwreini, Karatina and Nyeri town, High School students engage in alcoholism mostly during school opening and closing days.

Last month, a businessman was arrested by police in Karatina town for selling alcohol to students.

Recently, an Alcoholic Bill was signed into law by area Governor Nderitu Gachagua in efforts to curb alcoholism in the region.

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