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For you to win a battle, you have to be strategic. One such battle that we are fighting all over the world is the war against the alcohol and drugs scourge. Interested in playing a role in fighting this menace? Become more knowledgeable in drug testing through our 3 day certified course.

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According to NCPD (National Council for Population and Development) 2017 publication, 50% of all alcohol and drug abusers (ADA) in Kenya are aged between 10 -19 years due to the ease of accessibility, availability and affordability. Taking drugs at an early age of 14 or younger, greatly increases the risks of drug problems in the future. ADA is associated with acute health consequences such as mental disorders and loss of eyesight - in some cases, even death. This sheds some light to the reason why there has been a rise in suicides and mental illnesses thereby causing concerns on health and safety in schools, workplaces and public areas at large. The reality of the situation, however, is that this is not the only group abusing drugs. NACADA (National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse) has reported that “4.9 million Kenyans aged 15-65 years are abusing at least one drug or other substance”. This goes to show how widespread drug misuse is.

Therefore, drug testing clearly has a role to play in discouraging and identifying drug use amongst students and the general public, particularly as tackling drug misuse is an important requirement in maintaining a healthy and safe environment. Unfortunately, it appears as if drugs are here to stay which is why drug testing is a foolproof way to reduce health and safety risks associated with drug misuse. Testing can help to protect public safety, as well as the health and safety of an intoxicated person.

Substances Detected in a Drug Test:

  • Amphetamines (AMP)                       
  • Barbiturates (BAR)                             
  • Benzodiazepines (BZO)          
  • Cocaine Metabolites (COC)
  • Marijuana Metabolites (THC)           
  • Methadone (MTD)                             
  • Methamphetamines (MET, mAMP)  
  • Morphine (MOP)                               
  • Opiates (OPI) 
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)   

Who Performs Drug Tests?

Drug testing provides information to schools, employers, medical providers, law enforcement agents and other institutions about past or current substance use.  

Schools can perform drug screenings to: qualify athletes for participation in sports and other extracurricular activities, check for abuse in students who are violent or have other disciplinary issues.

Employers may conduct drug tests to determine whether a prospective or current employee has a history of substance abuse or is currently under the influence of an intoxicating substance.

Health care providers may perform a drug screening test to determine whether a patient has drugs in their system in order to determine a course of treatment for a patient who appears disoriented, weak, confused, combative, or who is unconscious.

Law enforcement agents may perform a drug test to determine whether an individual who is behaving erratically or suspiciously is intoxicated.

 

At Serein Education Centre, drug testing training is tailored to equipping learners on knowledge and skills about different drugs abused.  

Are you a teacher, school principal, law enforcement officer, medical professional, company manager, students in the listed professions or have an interest in matters drug related, then this is the course for you.

It is a three day rigorous training that teaches the different drugs abused, how to detect those abusing drugs and most importantly, how to perform a drug test.

 The training costs Kshs. 6000 and caters for: course work learning, writing materials, practical learning.

Click on the link below to apply.

www.sereinedu.ac.ke/section.php

 

 

 

References:

NACADA, 2012. Rapid Situation Assessment of the Status of Drug and Substance Abuse in Kenya.


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