A report by the National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) reveals that Nairobi County has the highest consumption rate of cannabis, commonly referred to as ‘weed’ or bhang, in the country. The report shows that cannabis ranks fourth among the most abused drugs in Kenya, following alcohol, tobacco, and khat.
According to the survey, Nairobi leads with a usage rate of 6.3 percent, followed by Nyanza at 2.4 percent, and Coast and Eastern at 1.9 and 1.5 percent, respectively. The national prevalence of cannabis use stands at 1.9 percent.
The report also indicates that men have a higher likelihood of using cannabis, with a usage rate of 3.9 percent, while women’s usage rate is only 0.3 percent.
The increase in online sales of alcohol and drugs is contributing to the rise in drug abuse, according to NACADA. This trend is complicating the fight against substance abuse in the country.
To combat this issue, NACADA recommends amending the ADCA 2010 and the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances (Control) Act, 1994. The proposed amendment aims to address the emerging challenges in supply suppression, such as online sales and marketing of alcoholic beverages, drugs, and other harmful substances.