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Fight against drugs should be national

Health & Science

Drug abuse is a problem that continues to ail this country. The drug scourge is endemic at the Coast region and the Government has come out strongly to deal with it.

It is good that the President is at the forefront in the fight against the menace. His message when he met leaders at State House Mombasa was so clear. He gave out a directive to the leaders to ensure the drug dens are destroyed to ensure our youth are protected. This is an onslaught on the drug scourge.

By now two ships ferrying drugs have been destroyed. This should act as a warning to drug barons who are hell-bent on ending the lives of our youth.

The move by the Government is welcome and should be replicated throughout the country. Unlike before, the Government is planning to rehabilitate drug addicts and see them return to their normal lives. Drug therapy has also been launched for opiate addicts. We have seen success stories from these efforts and it is encouraging. The media has continued to educate the youth on the effects of drug and substance abuse. This is likely to help in the reduction of the use of drugs in the long run.

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