Let's Stop 'Mukuka' Menace in Makueni County Youths (Save a Child)

Let's Stop 'Mukuka' Menace in Makueni County Youths (Save a Child)

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THE 'MUKUKA' MENACE

Khat is a plant. The leaf and stem are used as a recreational drug and as medicine.

As a recreational drug, the leaves and stem are chewed by people in East Africa and the Arabian countries to elevate mood (as a euphoriant).

As a medicine, khat leaf is used for  depression, fatigue, obesity, stomachulcers, and male infertility. It is also used to lower the need for food and sleep, decrease sexual desires, and increase aggression.

However,  this plant has been misused by many youths in Makueni County, this has resulted to develop this petition and urge the government and relevant entities to intervene so as to save a generation which is in danger of perishing. 

Khat can cause many side effects including mood changes, increased alertness, excessive talkativeness, hyperactivity, excitement, aggressiveness, anxiety, elevated blood pressure, manic behavior, paranoia, and psychoses. Trouble sleeping (insomnia), loss of energy (malaise), and lack of concentration usually follow.

Other effects include rapid heart rate, heart palpitations, increased blood pressure, faster breathing rates, increased body temperature, sweating, eye changes, mouth ulcers, inflammationof the esophagus and stomach, gum disease, jaw problems (TMJ), and constipation.

Regular use in young people is linked to high blood pressure.

Severe side effects include migraine,  bleeding in the brain, heart attack, lung problems, liver damage, changes in sex drive, and inability to get an erection (impotence).

Chewing khat leaves has led to infections that can cause problems such as pain below the ribs, changes in white blood cells, and an enlarged liver.

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