By Mirembe Martina
Parliament is this week scheduled to debate on the Anti-narcotics bill in a bid to update the old one.
Today, parliament is set to meet stakeholders into the narcotics industry like Police, Ministry of Health and Butabika hospital director, among others to hear their views on the bill which seeks to make, among other things, heroine an illegal drug in the country.
Police has complained about the continued misuse of drugs in the country, especially among the youth. Before, drugs like marijuana were mostly common but of recent, heroine has become popular with the drug world.
Last year December, a member of parliament, Cerinah Nebanda was rushed to the hospital and declared dead upon arrival. It was later found out that she had substantial amounts of heroine and cocaine in her body. Although parliament rejected the government report on her death, it was found out that the 24 year old not only used drugs, but also alcohol in her quest to lose weight, according to one of her ex-boyfriends.
Drug use in the country has seen many youth end up in a mental institution, Butabika hospital.
According to Milton Mwoma, the stake holders will help shed light on drug use in the country and how it affects them and the public in general.