It seems efforts to curb the menace of drug abuse especially among the youth in our communities have still not yielded much fruits. Many youth still struggle with alcoholism, smoking, bhang, heroin and cocaine among other harmful drugs.
It is disheartening to see how some political leaders intoxicate some youth to make them irate against their arch rivals. They are taken for granted, used and dumped. If this is the way to go, then Kenyan youth are in for a big trouble.
The desperation among many youth in securing life opportunities both in government and in their communities, contributes a lot to this perennial problem. Majority of them are unemployed and this has made them more vulnerable and susceptible to the threat of drug abuse.
This comes in the wake of rampant corruption cases in government where many civil servants continue to swindle millions of shillings at the expense of the public. Funds that could have been used to better the lives of many Kenyans especially the unemployed youth and women, have ended up in the pockets of few individuals.
With no appropriate action taken so far, it leaves the lives of many youth and women hanging in the balance. Youth need to be involved in the development agenda if we really need to fight against drug abuse in our communities. The adverse effects of drug abuse are evident in our daily lives.
Many social ills such as crime, rape, prostitution and abortion which are closely linked to drug abuse are on the rise. In essence, it is a manifestation of frustration, idleness and desperation.
Both the government and the community should agree on possible mechanisms to mitigate the situation before it gets out of hand. Losing a life due to drug abuse is costly to the development of our communities and our country at large. Let us act now for a better tomorrow.