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Ex-NACADA boss Mututho raises concern over use of codeine.

Majority of youths in the country are using cocaine and codeine especially those in colleges, former NACADA chairman John Mututho has said.

Recently, the Kenya Pharmacy and Poisons board (KPPB) banned the sale of codeine which is an ingredient of cough syrups.

According to Mututho, there was an increase countrywide among university students in the use of the chemical that makes one 'high'.

'I commend the board for banning the use of codeine which currently is cheap and has been used as a substitute for cocaine and heroin,' he said.

Addressing the press in Naivasha over the weekend, Mututho asked the KPPB to ban the importation of any drug-laced with codeine.

He noted that if used excessively, the narcotic could be addictive and affect the coordination of the human action.

'The move by the government to ban shisha and now codeine should be supported by all and now attention should turn towards those using a drug called kuber,' he said.

Mututho at the same time expressed his concern over the importation of food in the country.

'Currently we can't meet our demand for maize meaning an increase in the price of maize flour after the government pulled out of the subsidized programme,' he said.

He said that the country had the potential of harvesting 70 bags of maize every year (two seasons) if the right agriculture practices were put in place.

He noted that in Israel whose weather was harsh, the country exported 95 percent of its food production compared to five percent in imports.

'In Kenya we are using more money to import various food products compared to the amount of foreign exchange we use in getting petroleum goods,' he said.

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Publication:The Star (Nairobi, Kenya)
Date:Jan 21, 2018
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