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Your child could be abusing drugs

By Vision Reporter

Added 23rd June 2009 03:00 AM

RECENTLY, there was a story in the media about a local council officer who was arrested by the Police for growing marijuana. In his statement, the officer said the reason he violated the law was because the weed is marketable, so he was growing it to rais

RECENTLY, there was a story in the media about a local council officer who was arrested by the Police for growing marijuana. In his statement, the officer said the reason he violated the law was because the weed is marketable, so he was growing it to rais

RECENTLY, there was a story in the media about a local council officer who was arrested by the Police for growing marijuana. In his statement, the officer said the reason he violated the law was because the weed is marketable, so he was growing it to raise school fees for his children.

It is hard to convince a child that marijuana is bad when his father, a community leader, is growing it. The smell from marijuana alone is enough to make a child intoxicated.

Some children are more than just witty. Because they know that it is easy to tell, from the smell, that they have been abusing drugs and alcohol, many have resorted to more odourless narcotics such as kuba and fina (aviation fuel).

Kuba, whose origin is in the oriental countries, is not illegal, but it is a class A drug. Class A drugs are treated as the most dangerous. Because the drug is not illegal in Uganda, it is being sold in many Indians shops. This also applies to amayirungi (khat), which is mainly chewed by Somalis. I once had a problem with a foreign student who had become notorious in the school for drug abuse.

Whenever we checked his belongings, we did not find any drugs yet he continued abusing them. Later, his friends told us that the boy would soak his shoe laces and handkerchiefs in narcotic drugs, dry and chew them secretly.

Head teachers and the Police should watch out, otherwise alcohol and drugs could destroy our children.

Name withheld

Your child could be abusing drugs

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