It appears that the Kenya government is not aware of the undesirable ramifications of its plan to give drug users free needles.
One is that many more people will be attracted to the vice as this gesture by the government will be taken to mean that it recognizes ‘responsible drug abuse’.
The move has another negative consequence: While many may survive dying of AIDS as a result of reduced instances of needle- sharing, the same people may not survive dying from overdose and overuse.
These two reasons should convince the government to rethink the plan and consider the most viable way to help drug users.
The apparent foolproof method to employ is to combine rehabilitation with ‘one- user-one-needle’ method.