Drug abuse has been declared a national disaster after the country recorded an upward surge as evidenced by a study carried out by NACADA in 2007.
On a speech read on his behalf during the commemoration of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (IDADI) and the launch of the District Alcoholic Drinks Regulations Committee, the Permanent Secretary for Provincial Administration and Internal Security Mr. Francis Kimemia, urged the private sectors and civil societies to take an active role in tackling excessive alcohol consumption and narcotic drug peddling in the community.
Speaking during the same function the NACADA Authority chairman Dr. Frank Njenga asserted that the authority had instituted programs aimed at reducing the supply and demand of drugs.
“In view of the growing challenge of excessive consumption of alcohol, the abusive of various substances and illicit trafficking, NACADA Authority has intensified its operations,” he said.
In the efforts of harm reduction, Njenga encouraged the community to preach abstinence from alcohol and drugs. He urged the community to preach and practice responsible drinking and rehabilitate and reintegrate those challenged by drug addiction.
Gracing the occasion, the NACADA Authority National Coordinator, Mr. Aggrey Busena said that the event aimed at raising awareness among Kenyans on the drug abuse problem in the country, besides encouraging participation in drug abuse control and prevention and providing information on the availability and need for drug dependence treatment.
For his contribution towards ensuring the health and safety of the children of Kenya, the architect and mover of the Alcoholic Drinks Control Act (2010) Hon. John Mututho was feted and honored during the event, while the Permanent secretary was honored for facilitating the process of setting up implementations structures for the Alcoholic Drinks Control ACT 2010.
Busena called on the community to overcome stigma silence and denial and expose the traffickers and peddlers to the relevant authorities. He asked that the youth be counseled to shun onset of drug abuse and take the
addicted to treatment and rehabilitation service providers.
The event was crowned by the launching of the District Alcoholic Drinks Regulations Committee countrywide which gives the Committees authority to proceed with the tasks they have been constituted to undertake.