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Judiciary, Lobby to change approach in taming drug abuse

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The ongoing engagement forums between anti-drug Organisation Reachout Centre Trust and the judiciary has positively impacted the fight against drug abuse among the Coastal communities.

The anti-drug lobby has directly engaged the probation department in Mombasa to enhance justice to people who use drugs.

Reachout Centre Trust Paralegal Officer Hassan Omar Abdallah said the probation department has become critical in efforts to curtail drug abuse among the Coastal communities.

According to Mr. Abdallah, a young anti-drug activist in the Coast region, when the Judiciary, the probation department and the anti-drug activists unite, harm reduction efforts will succeed.

He said the ongoing engagement forum tends to enable people who use drugs access treatment, justice when nabbed and human rights like any other individual.

“If we all agree that people who use drugs are sick people who needs treatment, counseling and reunion with their families then we will succeed in harm reduction efforts,” said Mr Abdallah.

He said the forums have instilled the right information to probation officers who are now helping in disentangling people affected by drugs.

“By involving the Judiciary in the fight against drug abuse, we will enable them also contribute to this noble course,” he said.

The anti- drug lobby aims at enhancing justice to people who use drugs and who at times are arrested.

Abdallah said arresting people who use drugs totally contributes nothing  in the fight against drug use in the region.

He said people who are arrested for using drugs need to be referred to methadone treatment so that they walk out of addiction.

On his party Mombasa County director of probation Nick Makuu said the ongoing engagements among various stakeholders will positively impact the fight against drug use among Coastal people.