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Mututho: Miraa consumption be regulated

08 October 2013, 21:27 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - John Mututho, the National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) Chairman has called on the government to initiate laws to regulate the consumption of miraa in the country.

Addressing an Adhoc parliamentary committee on miraa after the summon, Mututho said the crop's harmful effects to users are yet to be established hence it doesn't guarantee the consumers a chance to use and transport it anyhow.

"Honourable members, miraa is a crop being raised within our country and by our people to make ends meet despite minimal research done on its effects to users," said Mututho.

"However, this doesn't mean that users can consumer and ferry the drug as they want but proper legislation has to be implemented to regulate its use in terms of hours like the Mututho alcohol consumption regulation," he added.

Mututho said since miraa farming is growing in the country, its over-consumption may lead to health problem though not adverse like pyrethrum consumption.

He said NACADA has no legislative mandate of initiating its own laws but relies on enforcing those legislated in Parliament after consultation. He hoped the Parliament will work collaboratively with the anti-drug abuse body to limit the growing abuse of various drugs.

Dr. William Ogendi, the NACADA CEO said they are going to involve scientific researchers carry out a thorough research on drugs abused in the country to help them understand their effects for proper legislative measures to be put in place.

"NACADA as a body that overseas and regulates the consumption of drugs, we ask the government to increase its funding so that we can conduct a lot of research and anti-drug abuse campaigns to sensitize the public," said Dr. Ogendi.

The NACADA principals assured the Committee that they will hold talks among themselves on England's ban of importing miraa then present the full report in a short period as possible.

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