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Byline: Egan Tabaro
AT last week's UN Day Against Drug Abuse, the Ministry of Health revealed with regret a 10% rise in the drug abuse prevalence in the country.
Alcohol and drug abuse cases account for up to 20% of the admissions at the national mental referral hospital at Butabika, of whom 60% are aged 13-21 years old, confirming fears of a rise in underage drinking and drug abuse.
Alcohol and drug abuse now constitutes a major public health concern for the nation.
From statistics at Butabika hospital and private rehabilitation centres, the most commonly abused substances in Uganda are alcohol, marijuana (or cannabis) and khat (mairungi). …