A policy to guide JKUAT community to deal with the threat posed by alcohol, drug and substance abuse that has gained ground among the youth in the country’s universities has been launched. The document launched Wednesday April 5, 2012 articulates guidelines regarding JKUAT‘s stance on the menace. The policy statement has been developed to ensure JKUAT is a safe learning and working environment.
Speaking during the official launching ceremony, Hon. John Mututho, Naivasha Member of Parliament cautioned University youths to shun the temptation for alcohol and drug consumption saying the vice were responsible for brain retardation. The MP told University students they had an opportunity to be great scholars in the world ‘but only if your brain remains functional’.
The legislator lamented alcohol and drug abuse was responsible for a number of tragedies in the country that he said sometimes led to under population and fatal accidents. He asked university students to be at the forefront in popularizing the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse among the Kenyan youths.
The vice chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga in her address called on students to be wary that Kenya was a major transit country for the hard drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and khat saying ‘ you are part of the target’. The vice chancellor said the policy was a product of an Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse Committee established at the University in 2009 to create public awareness on the negative effects of the vice. ‘It is from the said committee that the policy has been developed’. The document she noted contained useful guidelines for preventing and controlling drug abuse in JKUAT and added that it would as well be used to build the capacity of the JKUAT community to combat the danger.
And Mr. Aggrey Busena, Chief Executive Officer, National Agency for the Campaign Against Drug Abuse (NACADA) , said the rampant drug trafficking and abuse in Kenya remained a major threat to the youth of Kenya who he argued were vulnerable to the threat. The danger the NACADA official added had found its way to the country’s learning institutions citing a recent study conducted in Nairobi that he said showed 59 percent of students aged 18 and above had been exposed to alcohol. Mr. Busena continued ‘In the workplace, a survey of 14 public sector institutions recorded alcohol usage of ranging from 68 to 27 percent while tobacco consumption ranged between 17 to 38 percent