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20 January, 2011

Substance Abuse Affecting Kenyan Celebs.

Substance abuse among Kenyan celebs is taking a toll on ,not only their careers ,but also their health.Recently Jimwat, who was a talented young musician, was reported to be suffering from schizophrenia.Jimwat, who Calif records CEO claims to have parted ways with due to over indulgence in alcohol, was scheduled to perform abroad but was unable to do all the shows due to the illness.Schizophrenia although caused by a myriad of reasons, substance abuse is a major contributor .In a recent study, 60% of people with schizophrenia were found to use substances and 37% would be diagnosable with a substance use disorder.

Conjestina achieng , One of the most fiercest and successful Kenyan female boxer , is another victim of substance abuse.Recently it was  reported that she was suffering from a mental illness, which forced her relatives to admit her In a Local mental hospital.It is claimed Conje,as she is commonly known,was abusing cannabis sativa (weed) which might have caused the  illness.

The two Kenyan celebs are an example of how people who are supposed to be role models are wasting their lives with substance abuse.It is common knowledge that most artist  take something before performing to boost their confidence and stage performance.Some time back there were reports of a group which was too intoxicated to perform.Just the other day A renowned athlete was charged in court with attempted murder after trying to kill his wife while intoxicated.

There is a need for a concerted effort to provide information and guidance to this vulnerable group ,who fall prey to substance abuse brought about by pressure that comes with their career.

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