Engaging Youth in Drug Policy Development
The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) Malindi Branch hosted a regional workshop on drugs and youth. The workshop that kicked off on the 8th of May 2017, attracted youth from various countries including: Kenya, South Africa, Seychelles and Italy.
To bring the issue of young people’s involvement in drugs and substance abuse, the workshop participants had the chance to listen to testimonies of youth coming out of drug addiction.
The workshop was also attended by Dr. Abbas Gullet, the Secretary General of KRCS and Dr. Massimo Bara, the Standing Commission of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Societies.
“The youth are the ones to bring change in terms of curbing drugs and substance abuse,” Dr. Abbas Gullet. “I urge you to be aggressive in creating tackling this menace and creating better opportunities for your growth,” Dr. Abbas added.
The aim of the forum is to promote active participation of young people in drug and substance abuse policy development and its implementation through: improving skills and capacity of youth organizations in advocating for the rights of vulnerable people such as drug users; fostering quality improvements in youth work and volunteering; enhancing cooperation between youth organizations from different regions of the world and promoting volunteering as a tool to facilitate social inclusion and active engagement of young people in the society.
“Drug abuse can never be completely stopped but through workshops and trainings like these, we are surely taking bold steps in reducing the use in different parts of the world,” said Dr. Massimo Bara.
Drugs and substance abuse among young people is one of the major social problems in Kenya. A recent survey by The National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) indicates high abuse of drugs among school going teenagers with alcohol toping the list.
Other drugs widely abused in Kenya include; cannabis, Khat, cocaine, heroine and prescription drugs.