The Star (Nairobi)

24 April 2013

Kenya: NACADA Opens New Office in Mombasa

National Authority for Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse has opened a new office in Mombasa town. The NACADA Coast regional office opened on Monday will facilitate the county governments to prevent, manage and mitigate the impact of drug abuse in the region. Mombasa governor Hassan Joho who officially opened the office said its presence will change the reputation of the county as drug den.

"I am pleased to be involved in the campaign against alcohol and drug abus," Joho said. He asked residents, the county assembly and well-wishers to stop the blame game and join campaigns against the menace that has ruined hundreds of youth in the region.

NACADA has also established offices in Nyeri, Kisumu and Nairobi to curb the influx drug abuse in the country. Joho said he believes NACADA is useful in the fight to ensure Kenyans live in a drug-free nation. "It is my conviction that strengthening NACADA shall ensure Kenyans live in a society free from drug abuse," he said.

The governor said the war against drugs will be stepped up in the next six months. He warned drug lords that they will be weeded out from the region. "I challenge all Kenyans to report the activities of suspected alcohol and drug merchants",he said. There is an ongoing debate on the distribution of needles to be used by drug users so as to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS transmission among them.

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