The new drug will specifically control the urge by an addict to use harmful drugs
The Government has introduced a new drug for people who are addicted to chemical substances, especially narcotics and heroin.
Dr Peter Mudiope, the co-ordinator HIV prevention at the health ministry AIDS Control Programme, explained that starting Monday, at least 300 addicts in Kampala will be given the latest drug (buprenorphine) at Butabika National Referral Hospital.
Mudiope said the therapy is effective for people who inject themselves with drugs, adding that it will reduce the harmful effects of drugs on their bodies.
"The new drug will specifically control the urge by an addict to use harmful drugs, '' he said. This was during the launch of the project on bodily autonomy and integrity in Uganda at Skyz Hotel, Kampala over the weekend.
The event was organised by UGANET, AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa and Uganda Network of young people living with HIV/AIDS.
"If you are taking cocaine or abusing any other drugs, the new drug will solve your problem. The few addicts who will show up at the clinic will be an example to others,'' Mudiope revealed.
He said addicts use injections while taking chemical substances, which can lead to spread of HIV/AIDS. In Uganda, statistics indicate that HIV/AIDS prevalence rate among drug users stands at 17%.
Meanwhile, Dr Dan Byamukama, the head of HIV prevention at the Uganda AIDS Commission, said they were empowering young people to take up the responsibility of ending the HIV/AIDS scourge and usher in a new generation that is HIV-free.