- The increase in the number of cases recorded is due to environmental influence like family background, peer influence stress and loss of jobs
- Some of the common substance that ruin the youths as alcohol, Mairungi, Goro, tobacco and caffeine
- Most of the substance abuse is recorded among youths who form high percentage of the population in the country
- It is common sight to see youths sitting in groups by the road sides in the district chewing mairungi instead of engaging in productive work
By Metedio Iceta
Adjumani- Adjumani district leaders are worried of the increasing cases of alcohol and substance abuse in the last four years.
Dr George Bhoka, the Adjumani district health officer told West Nile Press Online that there has been a sharp increase in the rate of alcohol consumption and substance abused noted in the last four years.
“The district mental health report of 2013 to 2017 indicates that from 2013- 2014 there were 231 cases reported of alcohol abuse while 92 of substance abuse, in 2014 to 2015.The number of cases reported to the health facilities for alcohol abuse were 428 and 156 were for substance abuse.”
Dr Bhoka added that in 2015 to 2016 the number again increased from 428 to 920 while cases of substance abuse went to 345 and in 2016 to 2017, the report revealed that the number doubled and heat 1831,” Dr Bhoka.
He noted with concern that the increase in the number of cases recorded is due to environmental influence like family background, peer influence stress and loss of jobs. He identified some of the common substance that ruin the youths as alcohol, Mairungi, Goro, tobacco and caffeine.
Mr Martine Mukula Max, the deputy chief Administrative officer warned the youth to desist from the practice but rather engage in productive engagement that does not damage their lives.