Causes and Effects of Drugs Abuse
A CASE STUDY OF KANDARA DIVISION
ROBERT WAGUCHU NG’ANG’A
REPORT PRESENTED TO THE SCHOOL OF DEVELOPMENT AND STRATEGIC STUDIES (SDSS) MASENO UNIVERSTY IN PARTIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF BACHALOR OF ARTS IN DEVELOPMENT STUDIES WITH IT.
CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION 1.1 Introduction of the topic of study
Drugs and substance abuse is a problem that has raised concern all over the world. Drugs abused affect people at all levels of development, they are also introduced at very early age of between l0-l4 years (Kyalo: 2010). Consequently, half of drug abusers in Kenya are aged between 10-19 years with over 60% residing in urban areas and 21% in rural areas (UNODC 2004). Drug abuse has a negative impact on the social economic development of any society. The overall health of the abuser is also affected negatively while the behavior also predisposes the abuser to crime and HIV/AIDS.
The abuse of drugs has become a national hazard because when people, especially the youth abuse drugs, the future is not certain in areas of leadership, innovations and human resources and Kenya will face this problem unless if the issue of drug abused is addressed as an emergency.
Despite NACADA and other groups’ interventions, drugs abuse is on the increase, especially among the youths. It was therefore important to examine the causes and effects of DSA, establish the commonly abused drugs, factors leading to drug abuse and drug perception. This will be vital in order to justify key strategies in curbing this problem and reducing the level of drugs and substance- abuse among the residents of Kandara division.
During the researcher’s interaction with the community during his field attachment between the months of May and August 2010, the researcher noted that the causes and effects of DSA were a pertinent issue of discussion. This was realized from the various CDF capacity building