School leavers who sat this year’s national primary and secondary school examinations have been warned against indulging in drugs and substance abuse.
The National Authority for the Campaign Against Drug Abuse (Nacada) Chairman Julius Githiri said many school leavers engage in wild parties where they indulge in alcohol and narcotics, especially during the December holidays.
Under their new slogan, Nacada Mashinani, the authority said it seeks to build a grass root partnerships to implement community-driven and support prevention and rehabilitation programmes.
“The strategy will focus improving engagements with various players involved in the fight against drug and substance abuse. Drug and substance abuse affects all sectors of the society,” said Mr Githiri.
Mr Githiri was speaking during a training event for Nacada board members on leadership communication at the Travellers Beach Hotel in Mombasa.
“Attaining KCPE or KCSE results is not a ticket to indulge in such trivialities. Before you abuse drugs or alcohol, know the repercussions. It is very expensive to undergo rehabilitation,” the Nacada boss said.
Mr Githiri also urged parents and the community to protect minors from drug and alcohol influence.