Alarming drug abuse, alcoholism among youth raises concern in West Pokot County
The Kacheliba area in West Pokot County has been gripped by a growing concern over rampant drug abuse and alcoholism among its youth.
Local residents have expressed dismay at the inaction of security officers in addressing this pressing issue, leaving many young lives at risk.
Blaming the availability of drugs from neighbouring Uganda, community members are urging the government to collaborate with community organizations to sensitize the youth about the dangers of substance abuse. Their collective plea is to save the future generation from the clutches of addiction and its devastating consequences.
“We want our youths to completely shun using drugs because many of them are spoiled. We want to save the future generation, “she said.
Vincent Kwarura, a concerned resident, stressed the need for grassroots community organizations to play a leading role in ensuring that the area’s youth stay away from drugs and lead sober lives.
Local parents like Macca Chepngetich expressed their deep concern for the well-being of their sons and daughters.
“As parents, we are very much concerned about the lives of our sons and daughters. We want men to join us in the fight in order to change the lives our youths are living,” said Macca Chepngetich.
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