International NGO Journal

  • Abbreviation: Int. NGOJ
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8225
  • DOI: 10.5897/INGOJ
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 240

Full Length Research Paper

An analysis of drug abuse along the coastal region of Kenya

Korir Weldon
Rural Economic Resource Centre, P. O. Box 962-80100 Mombasa, Kenya.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 22 August 2013
  •  Published: 31 October 2013

Abstract

This study sought to examine the connection between youth and drug abuse which has raises several questions, like: Why are young people at risk of drug abuse? Why do young people use drugs? What is wrong with doing drugs? The study will try to answer some of these questions, but there is a need to start with the basics. In Kenya today more youth are abusing drugs than in any other time in history, and many of the youth are found most along the coastal town of Kenya. The objective of the study is to find the extent to which the damages has gone within the limits of coast town in Kenya such as Mombasa, Kilindi, Kilifi, Malindi, Kwale. The study used descriptive survey design. The target population of this study is 50 (10 for each town). Respondents were 45, among them are victims of drugs, parents, community leaders and teachers. Data were analyzed through descriptive opinion from the interview plus observation on activities involving the drug addicts in the region. There is an indication that over 60% of drug abusers are below 30 years of age.

Key words: Drugs abuse, youth, coast region.
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