A senior police officer who requested anonymity because he is involved in a sensitive drug related investigation, said security agents were concerned that most drug barons were targeting the youth as their ultimate market.
"They are not only recruiting the youth as distribution agents but as consumers. We have had cases where young college students are lured into the drug trade, only to be killed whenever they tried to defect from the cartels," said the officer.
And in what should be food for thought for law enforcers and school administrators, reports from various studies show that schools were quickly becoming centres for drug abuse.
Interestingly, students interviewed in the Nacada survey said drugs were readily available in the vicinity of their schools and residential estates, proof that no child is safe from the drug lords.
But what is the remedy? A counsellor and motivational speaker, Evelyn Ogendo, says the high incidences of drug abuse among the youth was a symptom of the adolescence explosion, which she says can be addressed through family dialogue.
"Let us engage the youth and listen to their problems. Let us establish why they are turning to drugs," says Ms Ogendo.
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