NACADA: Why You Should Say No to Drugs

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        NACADA: Why You Should Say No to Drugs

There has been an alarming rise of drug abuse among the youth in Kenya. The drugs commonly abused include; nicotine, alcohol, cannabis among thers. According to a report compiled by The National Authority for the Campaign and Drug Abuse (NACADA), atleast one out six individuals aged 15 and 65 are struggling with drug abuse with the male species registering the highest number.

Among the most abused drugs in Kenya, Alcohol records the largest number of consumption. And as they say choices have consequences, alcohol can be addictive. Alcohol is a strong chemical which can cause serious damages to one’s body organs including brain, liver, bones and heart. Alcohol and its associated risks can have both short and long- term effects.

The short term effects range depending with the amount of alcohol taken in . This can be either speeding up your heart rate, reckless behaviour or lack of proper cordination. Other risks involved in consuming alcohol over a short period of time may include accidents and injuries. Most accidents are caused by driving under the influence of alcohol.

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Also, violence, unsafe sex which later leads to unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, loss of personal possessions among others. Drinking large amounts of alcohol over a long period of time can cause damage to body organs such as the brain and nervous system, heart, liver and pancrese. Additionally, heavy drinking can also increase your blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels, both of which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Long term alcohol misuse can weaken your immune system , making you more vulnerable and also weaken your bones. On the other hand, Cannabis is also commonly misused in Kenya. Cannabis is adminstered through smoking, eating weed cookies and even drinking. Also known as Marijuana, it has effects including, memory loss, anxiety , lung irritation, lung cancer and development of cannabinoud hyperemesis syndrome which causes nausea and vomiting.

Nicotine also falls under the category of substance abuse in Kenya. Nicotine is a strong chemical found in tobacco plant. Nicotine is primarily consumed by inhaling the smoke of tobacco cigarettes. Tobacco is dangerous as it has adverse effects to both the active and the passive smoker .

Nicotine Creates Cleasant Feelings in the Body and Mind

Just like any other drug,Nicotine creates pleasant feelings in the body and mind. When you use tobacco cigarettes, your brain releases a feel good-good chemical. This creates a feeling of contenment and satisfaction. Tobacco cigarettes and smokeless tobacco contain many cancer-causing agents and other harmful chemicals.

The nearly 4000 chemicals found in tobacco have physical, mental and psychological effects. Using tobacco leads to grave health complications, such as lung cancer, heart disease, strokes, leukamia , chronic bronchitis just to mention a few. Read also.kebs-state-silent-as-workers-are-sexually

Subsequently, passive smokers on the other hand are at risk of developing complications related to lung cancer and heart diseases. Other risks include the following; sudden infant death syndrome, asthma, respiratory and ear infections and other illnesses.
However, parents are encouraged to bring up their children in a responsible manner so that they do not fall prey into addiction of substance abuse.

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