The County Assembly of Uasin Gishu has passed a motion to urge the County Government of Uasin Gishu to prepare a comprehensive legislation to address the vice of drug abuse within the county. Hon. Pius Kigen MCA Tembelio who moved the motion said that the drugs are posing an immense danger to the general health and conduct of students in the county.
He noted that more students are now using drugs and it has often led to school unrests, strikes, truancy, and indulgence in criminal activities among other undesired social vices. He decried that unlike alcoholic drinks which have legislatively been put under the Control of the County Alcohol Drinks Control Board, there is an urgent need for similar interventions with respect to the locally available drugs like bhang, kuber, miraa, cigarettes, heroine and other harmful drugs.
While seconding the motion, Hon. Jonathan Ng’etich MCA Kaptagat Ward said that there is an urgent need to curb drug abuse especially in the institutions of learning like universities, colleges, secondary and primary school. He also observed that there is a high correlation between the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS infections and drug abuse.
Speaker Hon. Isaac Terer observed that Uasin Gishu County especially Eldoret Town has been in the news with cases of school children found in a night club engaging in drug abuse and other immoral activities. He asked for speedy action so as address the rising cases of drug abuse.
According to the latest study by the National Authority for Campaign Against Drug Abuse (NACADA) in a report titled “Rapid Assessment of Drug Abuse in Kenya” has revealed that one in three students in Kenya are using one or more drugs.