Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu has reiterated his administration's commitment to helping youth recover from drug and alcohol addiction.

Speaking during the groundbreaking ceremony of the construction of a Medically Assisted Therapy Clinic at Karuri Level Four Hospital in Kiambaa Constituency, the governor cited the various risks associated with the abuse of drugs.

"Drug addicts have an increased risk of contracting heart or lung disease, stroke, HIV and Hepatitis C. They are also at a higher risk of getting depression and other mental illnesses. Our youths are losing years of their productive lives because of drugs and alcohol abuse," said Waititu.

The county boss said he will not tire in the fight against drug abuse so as to ensure youth in the county live productive lives and reduce the burden of treating the various diseases contracted by addicts, that is usually put on their families and on medical facilities.

"My government is determined to help our youths recover from the various addiction so they can enjoy better quality of life and reduce the disease burden on their families and health institutions," read Waititu's Facebook post in part.

The vocal governor requested members of the public to accept recovered addicts back into the community and offer them any support that they may require.

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