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Drug Abuse To Blame For Unrest In Schools:  NACADA

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Drug Abuse To Blame For Unrest In Schools:  NACADA

The National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse – NACADA- has attributed the recent cases of unrest in schools to drug abuse.    

This is after a national survey conducted by the authority in June 2018 revealed worrying statistics of drug abuse among school-going children.

The board is now calling for a comprehensive collaborative approach to tackle the menace.

In a national survey carried out in June 2018 on the Status of Drugs and Substance Abuse among Primary School Pupils in Kenya, it emerged that 20.2% of primary school pupils have ever used at least one drug or substance of abuse in their lifetime.

Drug Abuse To Blame For Unrest In Schools:  NACADA

The survey shows 16.9% of primary school pupils are currently using at least one drug or substance of abuse.

It further reveals that 3.2% of primary school pupils are currently using tobacco, 2.6% using alcohol, while 2.3% are currently using miraa.

According to NACADA, the common sources of drugs and substance of abuse mentioned by students include kiosks or shops near school, which compose 28.6%, bars near schools at 25.7%, friends at 19.3%, school workers at 13.6% while 13.7% said they buy the drugs their fellows.

In a statement signed by the board chair Prof. Mabel Imbuga, NACADA called for a comprehensive collaborative approach to arrest the unwanted emerging trend of unrest in learning institutions.

Felicity Gitonga

Meru Governor, Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Chairman

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  1. A nice article Felicity G. Some of these learners have drug abusers and sellers as their parents. This generation!!

    1. Thank you, Jacob. It is a worrying generation. I think parents have forgotten their role.

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