Consumption of khat "serious" health problem in Djibouti

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The chewing of khat, a narcotic stimulant, is becoming a serious problem in Djibouti, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). 

The narcotic plant, which is consumed by a large part of the adult population in Djibouti, is cultivated in certain areas of East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. 

WHO's representative in Djibouti Dr. Rayana Bou-Haka says that young people and women are increasingly taking the drug in the Horn of Africa country. 

"We try to make sure with awareness to minimize its use, especially among the youth. It used to be used in certain ceremonies among the elders. Now you see it more a bit like the water pipe smoking which did not happen before. They also drink with it a lot of sweet tea, whether it's tea with lots of sugar or its other kinds of sodas they also drink with it because it has a lot of taste. This is also not good for your health."  

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