Drug tests in schools await consultations
16 April 2014, 15:53
Nyeri - The National Authority for Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) would only introduce compulsory drug tests in schools after consultations with stakeholders, the CEO Dr. William Okedi has said.
Okedi said the Authority needs to hold talks with education officials and parents so that the testing could be done in the right policy framework.
He said such testing was fraught with human rights and ethical issues that needed systematic discussions before its implementation.
NACADA Chairman, John Mututho recently said that compulsory drugs testing would be introduced in all schools in a bid to help NACADA, parents and school administrators plan the right interventions where students were found indulging in drug abuse.
Okedi spoke at Kagumo Teachers College during the final day of the National Drama Festival where the Authority was a co-sponsor.
He said their participation in the festival was one of the strategies they are using to prevent the onset of drug abuse among the youth.
He said among the challenges NACADA is facing is the changing methods of drug introduction to the youth.
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