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NACADA commits funds to fight drug abuse

06 November 2013, 13:08

Nairobi - The National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) has set aside KES 400 million to deal with the problem of drug abuse in the country.

KES 8 million will be given to each county.

NACADA Chief Executive, William Okedi, said each county would use the allocation to establish policies and standards aimed at eliminating the problems of drug and alcohol abuse.

“A rehabilitation centre will be set up in Western Kenya at the Kakamega General Hospital,” he added.

He said the body had prepared a model Alcoholic Act that would be used by counties to curb alcohol and drug abuse.

Alcohol and drug abuse are rife in the country.

It was recently reported that Western Province had the highest prevalence of such behavior.

Research conducted last year revealed that 17 percent of Western residents of ages ranging from 16-75 confirmed abusing alcohol.

Drug and substance abuse have been cited to be among the major contributor to the surging numbers of youths dropping out of school.

– CAJ News

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