Kenyatta University recently organized The Drug Free Youth Sensitization forum in an attempt to discourage drugs and substances abuse in the institution. Stowelink (represented by Oduor Kevin-CPO) was invited to discuss impact of drugs and substances abuse in the society. The importance of refusal skills and the link between NCDs and drug and substance abuse was discussed at large.
According to the World Health Organization, nearly three-quarters of all noncommunicable disease (NCD) deaths worldwide take place in low- and middle-income countries. These deaths are related to poverty and lack of detection and treatment. In these countries, inadequate healthcare systems can lead to higher rates of premature deaths.
The main risk factors for NCDs are tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diets, and harmful use of alcohol due to effects of globalization on marketing and trade. Being diagnosed with an NCD often means years of poor health and disability.
Keeping in mind that Tobacco and Alcohol are among the main risk factors for non-communicable diseases, it is imperative that users and non-users alike be sensitized on the health effects of indulging in drugs. There is a need for everyone to be equipped with drug refusal skills.
Some of the drugs refusal skills are:
- Saying NO quickly with a firm and clear voice without hesitation.
- Making direct eye contact to affirm your seriousness and finality.
- Suggesting an alternative:
- Something else to do.
- Something else to eat or drink.
- Asking the person to stop offering you a drink and to not do so again.
- Changing the subject by talking about other meaningful and constructive subjects.
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