On 12/Jun/2019 / In Medical News
The Chairman Drug and Substance Abuse Committee, Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy, Pharm Obaloluwa Ojo, has said that the rising crime rate in the country is due to drug abuse.
Ojo, who spoke in Lagos on Monday during a senstisation walk organised by the Academy to fight the scourge of drug abuse, said that 25 per cent of the world’s population were involved in drug abuse.
“About 14.3 per cent of the Nigerian population, about 14.4 million people, are hooked on drugs. 10.6 million people are already addicted to cannabis, while roughly 4.5 million people are on narcotics. One out of five people on cannabis are dependent, meaning that the drug has taken over their lives and they can’t do anything without the drugs.
“Also, one out of four drug users in this country today are women. Before now the records indicated that the age of the users was between 15 and 65 years, but unconfirmed reports say it has gone down to about seven years-old. This means that the case has reached primary school. Without being verbose, we can say we are almost approaching an epidemic. That is the reason why something must be done urgently,” Ojo said.
He said the sensitisation walk was aimed at raising awareness of drug abuse and to inform the public that drugs could confer health benefits on the user, if used under a controlled environment and for the right purpose.
He added, “We are trying to tell people that drugs are not to be taken as food. They are neither snacks nor everyday items that can use anyhow. Drugs are poisonous, but they confer health benefits when used in a controlled environment. If they are misused, just as many people are doing at present, there will be a problem.
“Yes, there may be challenges and a need for people to do better than they are doing presently, but using a drug to achieve this will damage their health in the long run because drugs change the pattern of behaviour of the system, when they get in.”
He also urged the government to provide avenues to engage unemployed youths and also for parents to spend more time with their children.
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