NACADA Alarmed by teenagers taking drugs.
Posted by African Press International on February 22, 2016
By Dickens Wasonga.
The National Campaign Against Drug Abuse is alarmed over the increasing cases of teenagers abusing alcohol and other drugs .
In Western Kenya region for instance 12,000 teenagers , some of whom are still in school are already abusing alcohol and other substances.
Nacada’s Western region programme officer Adrian Njenga said about 1,000 underage persons abuse drugs every Month.
“As an organization we are concerned about the high number and we’re working with other government agencies to ensure full implementation of the Alcohol control Act,” he said.
The official said that Nacada is now more vigilant and keen to ensure reduction of underage drinkers.
The officer disclosed this at the Blue Cross Kingdom offices at Chiga in Kisumu East recently while presiding over the closing ceremony of a five day camp.
The camp was attended by over 250 children some of whom were rehabilitated from the streets within the region.
Blue Cross Kenya Society project coordinator Ismail Shem said some of the children supported by the organization were from families where parents were affected by alcohol.
“Most of the children participating in this annual camp have their parents adversely affected by alcohol hence unable to care for them while some of them were rehabilitated from the streets,” said Shem.
One of the project sponsors Johan Sundqvisit said they support four organizations in Kenya on youth and children initiatives.
“We support such initiatives in Malindi, Kisumu, Kajiado, Siaya and Nairobi,” Sundqvisit said.
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