It is alarming to see the increasing number of young people falling prey to the sale and consumption of illicit alcohol and drugs. The impact of such substances on the health, lives and future of our youth cannot be overstated.
Illicit alcohol, drugs and substance abuse are the root cause of many societal problems, including crime, violence, family breakdown and poor health. The illegal drug trade, in particular, has been a global menace and has caused significant harm to individuals, families and communities.
It is high time the Government takes strong action against the sale and consumption of these substances, which continue to destroy the lives of our young people.
We are shocked and dumbfounded that Crystal Meth, or mutoriro, is not listed as a dangerous drug in our country, yet it’s the most available and abused drug.
Our young people have been turned into zombies by mutoriro and we urge the Government to act quickly to curb its scourge.
One of the most significant consequences of tumbwa, mutoriro and other drugs is health problems.
Young people who consume these substances often suffer from a range of physical and mental health issues, including addiction, liver damage, respiratory problems, depression, anxiety and death.
These health problems not only affect the individual, but also the families and the wider society as a whole.
Durgs, alcohol and substance abuse also lead to poor academic performance, dropping out from school, and failure to achieve meaningful employment, further exacerbating poverty and social inequality.
The youth who end up in drug abuse often experience a vicious circle of alienation, drug dependence, and crime, which makes a risk of them dying young.
The sale and consumption of illicit alcohol and drugs also fuel crime and violence. Drug addicts engage in criminal activities, including robbery, murder and theft. The youth often bear the brunt of such illegal activities, being preyed upon by drug paddlers and pushed into criminal activities.
We implore the Government to take strong action to curb the sale and consumption of illicit alcohol and drugs. One of the first steps that the Government can take is to implement stricter laws and regulations to prevent the sale of these substances. There should be a crackdown on illegal trade networks and drug pushers involved in the distribution of illicit alcohol and drugs.
We must increase education and awareness about the risks and dangers of tumbwa, guka and mutoriro use.
We must also invest heavily in treatment and rehabilitation centres to help the victims of drug and alcohol addiction. These centres can be used to provide support, counselling, and medical attention to individuals addicted to drugs and alcohol. This will encourage more young people to seek help and reduce drug-related crime and violence.
Moreover, the authorities can also promote alternative recreational activities and other leisure activities to substitute drug addiction. These activities not only help in keeping the youth engaged, but also provide an avenue for emotional release. They will promote the development of creative and productive talents and interests that will lead to social and personal growth.
The youth are the future, and it is critical to protect them from the harm that illicit alcohol and drug use does to their lives.