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Lycée de Kigali Students Cautioned Against Unwanted Pregnancies, Drugs

Rwanda National Police is this morning interacting to students at Lycée de Kigali specifically cautioning them to keep safe from unwanted pregnancies and avoid using drugs.

President Paul Kagame last year said that fight against drug abuse is very urgent than ever before because it has become a worrying concern not only in Rwanda but world over.

Drug use among youth in Rwanda is considered a public health concern and family challenge.

“We should have started making it a preoccupation but we are really lagging behind in this fight,” Kagame said last year during the National Dialogue.

According to a study by International Journal of Emerging Trends in Science and Technology; it was found that alcohol is by far, the most widely reported substance used by Rwandan youth at 34% and 39% respectively.

The next commonly used is cigarettes with 9.5% of youth reported smoking cigarettes in past 12 months and 8.5% used cigarettes in the past 30 days.

The study showed that small proportion of youth (0.2%) reported to use glue in the past 12 months and same proportion had used glue in the previous 30 days.

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