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International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2018

IMG 1278June 26 marks the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as established in 1987 by the United Nations General Assembly, this day serves as a reminder of the goal agreed to of creating an international society free of drug abuse.

This year’s theme was ‘Listen First - Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe’. St. Martin CSA and the Community Programme for Addiction and HIV (CPAHIV) department celebrated this event at Karuga center, Igwamiti Ward, Laikipia with the First Lady Laikipia County HE. Maria Mbeneka, Deputy County Commissioner, officers from across the county, OCPD, NACADA, Recovery Tracks Center, Nyahururu Business Community among other members of the public.IMG 1291

The 2018 anti-drugs campaign targets teenagers, young adults, men and bar owners, a group that is particularly vulnerable to drug abuse and distribution. At this age, peer pressure to try illicit drugs can be strong and self-esteem is often low. Moreover, those who take drugs tend to be either misinformed or insufficiently aware about the health risks involved.

IMG 1500St. Martin’s CPAHIV Department took this opportunity to create awareness and enlighten the people of the various challenges faced by drug users through speeches and testimonials from some of the recovering addicts.