Over 3,500 drug addicts plead for government's help
23 August 2016, 13:33
Mombasa - Over 3,500 drug addicts in Kwale are pleading with the County government of Kwale in collaboration with United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) to keep their promise of providing methadone drug.
Chanting slogans ‘we want methadone, we want methadone to save our lives’, the drug addicts said the rehabilitative drug is crucial for their lives.
Addressing journalists at Teens watch center in Diani Kwale on Monday, the addicts said majority of them have abandoned their families because of addiction adding that they need assistance.
“We leave our children with hunger and cannot manage our families any more because of the addiction. Without the drug we are like dead men,” said Ali Mtanga.
Mtanga said their lives are in danger because they have to steal in their quest to buy drugs.
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“Governor Salim Mvurya and his team must do something to save our lives. We need methadone to help us stop using drugs,” said Mtanga.
Teens watch director, Cosmas Maina said youths addicted to drugs urgently need methadone to survive.
“Our call is United Nations to keep their promise we need the drug to help the youths,” he added.
Already, Malindi and Mombasa areas which have drug addicts are said to have received methadone while those affected in Kwale are still waiting.
A reformed drug addict Ahmed Ali said that the county government and UNODC has delayed making methadone available for drug addicts as promised in May 2015.
“They said that it would be available within 120 days which elapsed ages ago. Many youths depending on methadone for their hygiene are giving up,” he added.
The issue is expected to be discussed Tuesday during a meeting between stakeholders, County government of Kwale and UNODC officials at a Diani hotel.
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