plans to partner with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
in order to curb rising cases of drug abuse, officials said on
Chairman of state-owned National Authority for the Campaign
Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA), told journalists in
Nairobi that rapid urbanization has lead to a breakdown of the
social fabric which has led to increased uptake of illicit drugs
in the country especially among the youth.
“We are therefore
going to partner with UNODC to develop mechanisms that will
focus on prevention and treatment programs for drug victims,”
UNODC is already
implementing a life skill program in the coastal region that has
one of the highest prevalence of illicit drug use in the
Githiri said bhang
is the most abused illicit drug followed by cocaine and heroin.
According to the
drug control agency, at least 4.9 million Kenyans used one form
of illegal drug in 2017.
UNODC is also
assisting Kenya to curb the drug trafficking vice in order to
prevent the country from becoming a major transit hub for
Githiri said the UN
body is also providing Kenya with intelligence in order to curb
transnational drug crimes.
NACADA said Kenya
has also been selected to host an international anti-drug abuse
conference in December.
Githiri said the
event will bring together over 2,000 delegates from around the
world to review ways to eliminate global drug menace.