The Alcohol, Drugs and Addictions Research Group at Makerere University School of Public Health has handed over information materials on ‘Dangers of Alcohol and Drug Use / Abuse at institutions of Higher Learning’ to the Vice Chancellor Makerere University, Professor John Ddumba Ssentamu.
Handing over the 10,000 copies of the information guide for students, on behalf of the research group, Associate Professor Nazarius Mbona Tumwesigye said there are plenty of information and research facts that the group chose to put into simple, digestible language and format for the benefit of students, especially those starting their university journeys.
“The content of the brochure is from research that was conducted in Uganda among university students, and the situation is not good”, said Prof. Mbona.
The hand ove ceremony was conducted in the Vice Chancellor’s Office on Friday 22nd August 2014.
THE Resident District Commissioner (RDC) of Entebbe, Rose Kirabira has warned youth against drug abuse if they are to be productive and live better lives.
While passing out hundreds of youth who had undergone Mchaka Mchaka training, over the weekend at Entebbe grounds, Kirabira warned them against engaging in illegal acts.
“You should be role models to others. If I get any of you engaging in any kind of criminal acts, I will punish you more than other people, because you know a bit of the law. If you behave yourself, you will enjoy this world the way you want it. Those who behave recklessly will always have a price to pay,” she added.
The use of injections among drug abusers is spreading HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, a new research reveals
It notes that there is blood transfer, through the sharing of drug taking equipment, particularly unsterilised needles, carries a high risk of HIV transmission, with about five and ten percent of new HIV infections resulting from sharing used needles.
The report on the emerging patterns of injecting drug use in sub-Saharan countries such as Uganda, Tanzania, Senegal, Zanzibar and Kenya notes that people who inject drugs into their bodies are sharing the syringes.
The most common injected drugs in Uganda include heroin and cocaine, according to the report.
Most students in secondary schools on Hoima, Masaka and Entebbe roads are actively involved in the consumption of drugs, MPs have been told.
Appearing before the defence and internal affairs committee of Parliament yesterday, the chief executive officer of Uganda Youth Development Link (UYDEL), Rogers Kasirye, said there is a high rate of drug abuse among children in and out of school in Uganda.
Without naming the schools for legal purposes, he said the most affected group is in the urban secondary schools. Kasirye said some of the schools where students are involved in drug abuse are located on Hoima, Masaka and Entebbe roads.
He named Wakiso, Mpigi and Busia as some of the areas where cannabis is procured by a student racket.
Kasirye noted that young people are now switching to using heroin from marijuana which they have been taking.