Nairobi, 07 July, 2022 / 4:39 pm (ACI Africa).
While it has been believed that drug abuse is a challenge for boys, a consulting firm in Kenya has told participants in the just concluded seventh edition of the conference of Catholic Schools’ Principals Association (CaSPA) in Kenya that girls are now abusing drugs more than their male counterparts.
In her Wednesday, July 6 presentation, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Elewa Ulevi Consultancy, Dr. Susan Gitau, highlighted some indicators of drug abuse among learners, adding that there are many cases where drug abuse in schools goes on undetected.
“We have always said that it's a boys' problem when it comes to alcohol and drugs use; things are changing; we have learned that girls are smoking more and using more substances than boys,” Dr. Gitau said July 6, the last day of the CaSPA conference that kicked off Monday, July 4.
Experiments that Elewa Ulevi Consultancy has done in collaboration with Kenya's National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) have shown that both boys and girls are using drugs indiscriminately, the CEO of the firm specialized in alcohol and substance abuse and other addictions in Kenya said.
“Every time we do toxicology, we test and keep the records which we actually send to NACADA,” Dr. Gitau said, and added, “We have realized that all sexes are affected by drugs unlike before where it was a boys’ problem.”