Experts Call For Intervention On Drug Abuse Among Children in Malawi

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A psychologist and a child rights activist have sounded an SoS over reports of increasing drug abuse among children.

The psychologist, Dr. Chiwoza Bandawe, and child rights activist, Jennifer Mkandawire, were reacting to disclosure that in up-town townships of Lilongwe, children as young as eleven are pushing drugs, getting addicted and suffering.

The two experts are demanding better law  Bandawe and Mkandawire have since requested strengthening laws and edifying the society on the vice.

Last week, police in Lilongwe embarked on a sweeping exercise, in an attempt to eliminate drug cartels, following reports of increased cases of the vice.

It has been discovered that children as young as 11-years old are pushing drugs.

The development has raised heated public debate on the best way to address the challenge.

Psychologist, Dr Chiwoza Bandawe, feels that there is need for introduction of vast education programs on effects of drug abuse.

“We have to work on education programs, we have to educate people and make sure they know the implications of using drugs,” he said.

He added curiosity is driving children to drugs and edification can be a solution to the problem at hand.

Child rights activist, Jennifer Mkandawire, says the country needs to enforce laws on the vice and ensure perpetrators are convicted.

“Children cannot just do this on their own, there is an adult involved and we have to make sure those involved face the law because they are misleading the children,” she said.

Meanwhile, 3 arrests have been made on drugs cartels in Lilongwe.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 28/01/2020

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