Use of bhang among Kenyans increased by 90pc – Kenya News Agency

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The Nationwide Authority for the Marketing campaign towards Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) has raised alarm over the rise in using bhang within the nation.

Talking Saturday throughout an evening raid on Bhang dens in Mtwapa, Kilifi County, NACADA Chief Govt Officer (CEO) Dr. Anthony Omerikwa regretted that consumption of the narcotic has risen by 90 per cent within the final 5 years, turning into a serious concern.

Two suspects who have been arrested with 438 brooms of bhang in Kwa Goa village, Mtwapa Township in Kilifi County. Picture by Haniel Mengistu

“Consumption of bhang within the final 5 years has gone up by 90 per cent, and based mostly on 2022 analysis, practically one million Kenyans are utilizing hashish sativa; that’s, one in each 53 persons are utilizing this drug within the nation,” stated Dr. Omerikwa.

Two folks have been arrested through the raid led by NACADA at a personal residence in Mtwapa, which authorities imagine is used as a bhang depot.

The 2 have been arrested within the Kwa Gowa space; one was a buyer, and the second was among the many caretakers of the residence.

“We’ve apprehended two suspects with 435 rolls and various brooms of Hashish sativa. One we suspect is the distributor, and the opposite is the patron. We’ve additionally apprehended his mode of conveying, which is a bike,” confirmed Dr. Omerikwa.

Police connected to NACADA, performing on a tip-off from the general public, raided the three-bedroom home the place the large consignment was hidden and present process packaging prepared for distribution inside the coastal area.

That is the second raid after an analogous one was performed final month, the place a number of shisha dens which have been working illegally have been shut down and their house owners charged in courtroom.

“We’ve been capable of get data that certainly these medicine are transported from Migori. We’ve leads on who transports it, and we’re quickly going to get them. We’ve begun the investigations, and we’ll quickly nab the suppliers,” acknowledged the NACADA CEO.

The company has intensified its crackdown on all types of medicine within the coastal area with the goal of bringing to ebook the large drug barons. The consumption of heroin and different medicine has taken a toll on coastal youth for many years.

NACADA officers displaying 438 brooms of Bhang found throughout a raid in Kwa Goa village in Mtwapa Township, Kilifi County. Picture by Haniel Mengistu

“The federal government’s stand on medicine is that using unlawful medicine is just not allowed; we’ll pursue these people to make sure this menace is addressed,” stated Omerikwa, including that folks and politicians ought to work collectively to eradicate the scourge.

Omerikwa additional stated NACADA won’t relent in its warfare on medicine and substance abuse.

Knowledge from a NACADA survey reveals that 518,807 Kenyans aged 15–65 are presently utilizing hashish, translating to a nationwide prevalence fee of 1.9 per cent.

The report dubbed ‘Standing of Medicine and Substance Use (DSU) in Kenya, 2022’ says that of this determine, 475,770 are male whereas 43,037 are feminine.

It confirmed {that a} complete of 193,430 youth aged 15–24 years (one in each 37) have been presently utilizing hashish, translating to a 2.7 per cent prevalence.

The determine for these aged 25–35 stands at 174,142 (one in each 48), translating to a 2.1 per cent prevalence fee.

The information reveals that general, 234,855 Kenyans aged 15–65 years, or one in each 111, are hooked on hashish and exhibit extreme substance use problems.

The variety of bhang addicts within the 15–24 age bracket stands at 90,531 (one in each 77); the variety of 25–35-year-olds is 100,468 (one in each 83), giving an general habit fee of 47.4 per cent.

By Sadik Hassan

Supply: kenyanews

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