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NACADA raises the alarm over increased drug abuse

27 August 2014, 11:45 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - The National Campaign Against alcohol and Drug Abuse Authourity (NACADA) on Tuesday expressed concerns that use of drugs and substance abuse is slowly becoming acceptable in the community.

NACADA programs manager, John Muturi said use of alcohol, miraa and cigarettes is one of the major challenges facing the Agency in its fight against drug abuse.

He noted that the number of people consuming the said drugs is growing by the day.

Speaking at a Nyeri hotel during a stakeholders’ forum, Muturi ruled out reports that Central Kenya was the most affected by use of drugs and substance abuse, noting that every region in Kenya is suffering in its own way.

“No region in Kenya has not been affected by drug abuse. Use of miraa is very rampant in Eastern and North Eastern; alcoholism is high in Central and Rift Valley while people in the Coastal region are struggling with hard drugs,” said Muturi.

He added that the Agency is faced with lack of adequate funds and understaffing.

“The stakeholders involved in fighting drug abuse do not coordinate and thus we lack a collaborating framework,” he observed.

The forum had brought together other institutions including the Judiciary, Police, Non-governmental organizations, county governments, public health officers and Kenya Bureau of Standards among others.

“NACADA needs police for law enforcement and county governments because of issuing of trading licences. Every institution here will have its collaborative role to play,” Muturi observed.

After the one-day forum, Muturi said the stakeholders came up with a working plan that would guide them in their efforts to fight drug abuse in the country.

The officers in attendance were drawn from Mount Kenya region with Muturi noting that similar workshops will be held in other regions of the country.

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