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Friday, August 20, 2021

Insecurity: Why Drug Abuse May Hamper Human Capital Development- lawmaker


LAGOS - A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adebisi Yusuff said the rate at which drug abuse is prevalent among youth in the country calls for urgent attention.

He believes failure for the society including governments, parents, schools as well as other stakeholders to curb the trend would have catastrophic effects on the socio-economic development of the country.

The lawmaker gave the warning while addressing journalists during the 7th Annual Constituency Stakeholders’ Meeting at Private Ice Hall, Ayobo-Ipaja, Lagos.

The annual event is usually held simultaneously across the 40 constituencies of the State.

This year’s event with the theme ‘Increasing Wave of Drug Abuse: A Threat to Nation Building,’ was attended by political leaders, religious leaders, royal fathers, CDAs, CDCs, artisans, pupils, members of the national road union among others.

Yusuff who represents Alimosho constituency I, in the House explained, that the theme was deliberately chosen since there was a correlation between drug abuse and insecurity.

In his speech, which he read on behalf of the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, Yusuff told the constituents “the government at various levels has been making efforts in addressing some of the problems associated with drug abuse and its danger to the nation’s youth.”

While disclosing that the matter had been a serious concern to the leadership of the House, he explained that “drug abuse in simple terms is the use of illicit drugs, prescription or over-the-counter drugs for wrong medical purposes.”

To demonstrate the extent to which the abuse of drugs had been so alarming, the lawmaker listed some of the various mixtures that are being experimented such as codeine, tranquilizers, psychotropic substances like ‘monkey tail,’ ‘smoochies,’ ‘Revlon,’ ‘colorado,’ ‘542,’ among others.

Yusuff declared, “The use and abuse of drugs are fast becoming prevalent amongst adults and especially the youths. Drug abuse has been identified to have diverse and devastating effects on the safety and progress of society. Apart from its negative effects such as violent crimes, disruption of the family, child abuse and neglect,  as well as unemployment, it has been associated with some other criminal behaviors such as gang formations, cultism, armed robbery, rape, and other social disturbances.

“There are also the economic and health effects such as loss of job, dropping out of school, stealing, and complicated health issues such as persistent nausea, changes in appetite and weight loss, liver damage, seizures, stroke, mental confusion, memory loss, and brain damage and lung disease.

He added, “it is not far-fetched to draw a similar conclusion between drug abuse and the vicious attack and wanton destruction of lives during the #EndSARS protest across the country in 2020 that left many properties worth billions of naira in ruins, particularly Lagos State.”

A representative of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Dr. Oluseyi Odewale reiterated at the event that drug abuse is a challenge to the country as a whole, saying many household substances are being converted to drugs to make the youth high.

Odewale who is also a guidance and counseling expert added, “there is no way you can control drug abuse without controlling drug supply. Who are those supplying them? For every seven in our society, there is a drug abuser,” adding that the age bracket is between 15-64.

He challenged parents to create time for their children and wards, adding that they need to be captured very young before reaching adolescent age.

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