Report reveals how four year olds end up getting hooked to drugs
SEE ALSO :Survey: How school children abuse drugsThe report noted that the median age of first experimentation with drugs and substances varies across the types of drugs used. For inhalants, the average age of experimentation is nine years while for cocaine it is 13 years. According to the report, almost half of children cannot refuse an offer to do drugs. For example, only 59.4 per cent of children would boldly refuse an offer to smoke a cigarette, 55.1 per cent would refuse to take alcohol or smoke bhang while 56.1 per cent would say no to cocaine. “Although 38 per cent of the pupils indicated that they definitely would be tempted to use any drug, it is possible that a significant proportion of these children misunderstood the question,” explained Nacada.
SEE ALSO :Nacada's Sh41b plan for addictsThe survey on drug use was commissioned in June 2018 and covered 3,307 pupils from 177 primary schools from classes 5 to 8. Data was collected across 25 counties. Smoked cigarettes Prescription drugs were found to have been used by 10.4 per cent of the pupils, 7.2 per cent confessed they had used alcohol and six per cent said they had smoked cigarettes. Bhang was used by 1.2 per cent. The self-reported use of other drugs – cocaine, heroin and inhalants – was lower than one per cent. Alcohol was the most prevalent among pupils in Murang’a (18.3 per cent), Uasin Gishu (17.5) and Bungoma (14.0). Averagely, Nairobi had the highest percentage of pupils who have experimented with drugs at 36.1 per cent followed by Murang’a (35) and Bungoma (33.3).
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