More students taking drugs – NACADA

John Mututho
John Mututho

Drugs abuse in schools is on the rise. This is according to the National Authority for Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA).

The authority notes that an estimated 50 per cent of students in the country are addicted to drugs and sex, a figure it terms as worrying.

According to NACADA chairman John Mututho, there is urgent need to address the issue by rehabilitating the minors.

In the wake of the Embu incident where 41 students were nabbed with drugs, Mututho said another 2.6 million adults were addicted to various drugs.

“Over 50 per cent of our students are addicted to various forms of addiction and we should not shy away from addressing this issue,” he said.

Addressing the press in Naivasha on Sunday, Mututho admitted that NACADA is toothless adding that it should be given more powers.

He proposed that the authority be changed from a campaign body to a control body so that it could effectively deal with drug and substance abuse.

“I am in the process of forming the Mututho Sobriety Movement which will call on Kenyans to come join me in dealing with alcohol and drug abuse,” he said.

Mututho further condemned the stripping and photographing of minor suspected of trafficking drugs saying the officers involved should be sacked and arraigned in court as they infringed the rights of the minors and undermined their dignities.

Mututho said he had earlier raised the issue of students taking drugs and alcohol along the Nyeri-Nairobi route with National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) for action.

He said that since January when he raised the issue, no action had been taken adding that the students are not solely to blame.

“The matatu Sacco involved should be banned and the vehicle confiscated and sold by the state as a punishment for the act,” he said.

He absolved the authority from blame noting that there was little it could do over the issue of the students abusing drugs while on their way home.

“We should not just condemn the minors but seek those selling the drugs and alcohol to them as one way of addressing the problem,” he said.

Mututho said the authority would fast track the issue of acquiring sniffer-dogs and alco-blow gadgets to randomly test students.

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