Causes of Drug Abuse among the Youth in Yata Division, Yatta District Kenya.

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Kampala International University, College of Education, Open and Distance Learning.
The purpose of this study was to investigate on the causes of drug abuse among the youths basically from ages (15-25 years) in Yata division within Yalta district-Kenya A descriptive research design was adopted where the target population consisted of youths, parents and teachers. A total of 70 respondents were involved in the study that i11c/11ded ./0 youths, 20 parents and IO teachers. Questionnaires and interviews were the main tools of data collection. A pretest was done to ascertain the reliability of questionnaires, data 11•as analyzed usingfi'eq11e11cie.1· and graphs and the result showed that the major cause of drug abuse u111011g the youths is peer pressure especially fiwn ages (15-22 years). It was recommended that both parents and teachers should play a ,·ital role in offering counseling and havingji'ee talks with their children/students at this stage (I 5-22 years) since it is at this stage when they are at the peak of adolescence and are in need of much attention so as to help reduce or curb the causes of drug abuse among the youths in order to help the youths grow into responsible citizens.
A research report submitted to the Institute of Open and Distance Learning in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Award of a Degree of Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood and Primary Education of Kampala International University.
Drug Abuse, Youth, Causes, Yatta District Kenya