Drug addicts in Lamu call for government’s aid to help them reform

Drug addicts in Lamu call for government’s aid to help them reform

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A drug user injecting herself. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Lamu, KENYA: Addicts of hard drugs in Lamu County have called on the national government to set up rehabilitation centers to enable them recover from the dangerous habit.

On Thursday,a group of addicts met on the island in a meeting aimed at deliberating on how willing addicts can be assisted by the administration to reform.

They said  lack of rehab centers and other necessary structures had seen many willing addicts plunge back into the habit.

Speaking on Thursday, they called on the government and NACADA to ensure such facilities are available in Lamu since a considerable number of the county youth are hooked onto drug use.

“We are tired of living this life like this and we know there is a way out,all we ask for is the support of the government,” said Muhashim Mussa.

Lamu East is said to be the most affected in the number of people both young and old who are hooked to hard drugs.

Cases of drug-related deaths,fights and crimes have been on the increase especially in Kizingitini, Pate, Faza, Siyu and Tchundwa areas.

Recently, Mbwajumwali chief Mohammed Shee was murdered in cold blood as he headed to work in what appears to be a calculated move of elimination; owing to his stand on the issue of drugs in the area.

Six suspects have so far been arrested and questioned over the same.

The county government of Lamu has in the meantime announced a programme to register willing drug addicts who shall then be rehabilitated.

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The programme is currently ongoing at the Lamu District hospital and is intended at pursuing reform for willing addicts and helping them live more meaningful and productive lives free of drugs.