Primary and secondary school students within Likoni Sub-County in Mombasa are the most affected by drugs
According to a human rights lobby, ‘Coast People’s Struggles for Human Rights-COPES, 40 percent of primary school pupils are affected by the menace while at least 50 percent of secondary school students suffer the addiction.
COPES Chair Khamis Mifale said that the addiction rate is growing every day without any proper measures to contain the menace.
He said that Methadone treatment program at Shika Adabu Sub-County cannot accommodate the large number of drug users and he appealed to the Mombasa county government to employ various ways to quell the menace.
Mifale said that the Organization has recorded over 1,700 locals affected by drugs and already 900 are under various treatment and counseling programs to help them out of the menace.
“With the recorded data, 10 percent are students that is why as parents we are worried,” added Mr. Mifale.
He said that despite their cry to local leaders to initiate favorable measures to curb addiction among young people, no politician has heeded their cry.
“Politicians will always mention about drugs during political campaign period only to forget about the security and social issue while in leadership, it is a shame,” lamented Mr. Mifale.
He scoffed at security agents for doing nothing to curb drug trafficking in Likoni.
Mifale singled out Likoni, Shika Adabu Timbwani and Bofu areas as the most affected areas which needed urgent interventions to save young children from indulging in drug use.
In the recent NACADA data, 18 percent of Kenyans are affected by drug addiction with a whopping 10.4 percent badly affected by alcoholism.