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Drugs and Substance Abuse in Nairobi.

By Francis KatikuPublished 7 months ago 3 min read
Kenya slum dwellers around Industrial Companies in Nairobi Kenya


Success in any venture is very delicate! You may be very hardworking, respectful self-dedicated towards your job, very reliable, very kind, very friendly and have huge vast knowledge in your area of Specialization. Unfortunately, few minutes or hours on leisure time can ruin miserably your bright future! If not utilized properly.

It's during this leisure time when one could interact to the outside world from the normal Job routine! It's during this leisure time when one may join old Friends from High school or college. Your friend may force you indirect to indulge into a lifestyle you are not used to, Example As a youth, it's very easy for one to be introduced to different lifestyles like Taking alcohol, smoking weed, drugs and Substance Abuse like cocaine or taking Khat. If not, careful one may find himself or herself in drugs and Substance Abuse.

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Drugs and Substance Abuse!

Drugs and Substance Abuse as the Destroyer of one's Bright Future

Drug Abuse: It is the chronic use of a drug for a reason other than for which it was intended. It is the bad use of a drug for example alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, heroin, mandrax and cocaine.

Drug misuse: This using a drug for a reason other than its clinical purpose. When a person starts taking drugs regularly, the drugs produce tolerance, addiction, withdrawals and psychological dependence,


What Is Substance Abuse?

Substance abuse isn't something you should take lightly. It occurs when you use alcohol, prescription medicine, and other legal and illegal substances too much or in the wrong way. Substance abuse differs from addiction. Many people with substance abuse problems are able to quit or can change their unhealthy behavior. Addiction, on the other hand, is a disease. It means you can’t stop using even when your condition causes you harm.

Causes of Drug Abuse:

Drug abuse has no single cause. It is important to examine and consider the different theories about possible causes of the problems. Peer influence is one of the causes of drug abuse among the youth in Kenya. Many youngsters are pulled into drugs by those they associate with. It is learned from those already involved in the practice. Bandura and Walter developed a „social learning theory‟ of personality which supports this fact. To them, this theory is based on the premise that behavior is learned, and personality can be explained in terms of cumulative effects of a series of learning experiences.

Drugs and substance Abuse in Nairobi slum areas.

Mukuru kwa Njenga Slum

Drugs and substance Abuse in Mukuru Slums, Embakasi South Constituency in Nairobi Kenya. Most of the slum dwellers are low-income earners whose main source of income is through small businesses or casual laborers from the industrial companies. These industrial companies majorly target unskilled workers who are desperate for earnings something for their livelihood, thus they are poorly paid. Due to this strangling livelihood these laborers find themselves marrying their poor slum dwellers and establishing families. Conceptually they bare children’s and due to their casual terms of employments, they really strangle to raise up their children’s.

These children are raised under deplorable conditions where some of them suffers malnutrition and often infected by any outbreak of diseases due to lack of balanced diet. Under these conditions as they grow up and their interaction with the environment, they find themselves indulging into the slum kid’s kind of life.

At long end these kids head up in social crimes like drug trafficking, prostitution and other crimes. These greatly impacts negativity on our social growth thus much needs to be done by the government or non-governmental organization in helping to eliminate this vice. I being a teacher in ICT have a blog where I can share to all slum dwellers and other people on the impacts of drugs and substance abuse on one’s life. Https:// is working very hard to see how ICT innovations can be Integrated in Fighting Drugs and Substance Abuse, this is because based on statistics 99% of Kenyan youths in Nairobi are very active in social sites making it the most appropriate tool in Fighting the vice. How I wish I could have the resources needed to make my dream come true. Thanks for your specious time reading this article, your input is highly appreciated.

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About the Creator

Francis Katiku

A very hardworking enthusiastic, result oriented man, always taking opportunity on any life challenge as a chance to use ICT as the Key in the solving the issues. Always ready to ensure equitable access to any ICT Innovation information.

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  • Francis Katiku (Author)7 months ago

    Really appreciate your specious time to read my articles , thanks let support each other

  • Bamguwata7 months ago

    Hi Francis. I admire the work you do and the way you trying to raise awareness of this serious problem of drung misuse. I raise my hat to you... Keep it up Francis, well done..

  • Donna Fox7 months ago

    This was a really insightful and thought provoking article!

  • Bamguwata7 months ago

    Hi Francis. I admire the work you do and the way you trying to raise awareness of this serious problem of drung misuse. I raise my hate to you... Keep it up Francis, well done..

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