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Published On: Fri, Nov 1st, 2019

14.3m Nigerians involved in drug abuse -PCN

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From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has expressed dismay over the high number of drug use prevalence in Nigeria.
Registrar of PCN, Pharmacist Elisha Mohammed made the assertion during a stakeholders meeting to held in Kaduna yesterday.
According to him, the World Drug Report (2019) had pegged the drug use prevalence in Nigeria at 14.4 percent that is, 14.4 million people between the ages of 15 – 64 years which is comparatively higher when compared to global prevalence rate.
He added that the gathering is to brainstorm on alarming statistics on drug use prevalence in Nigeria and the way forward.
Pharmacist Elisha Mohammed said, curiosity and peer pressure were majorly factors why people especially school children and young persons embark on non-medical drug use.
According to him, the development pained the Council considering the economic contributions of this group to national development, hence the thought to bring vulnerable groups especially, school children and policymakers together to chat the way forward.
“The seminar on drugs and substances abuse in Northwest organised by Pharmarcists Council of Nigeria (PCN) for Codeine Control and other Related Matters Working Group (CCRWG) held at popular Arewa House, Kaduna, was conceived to provide a platform of interaction to increase awareness on the subject matter,” he said.
Speaking on the topic: Curbing the menace of drug abuse through information, education and communication, the keynote Speaker, Professor Oluwatoyin Odeku said, the issues of drugs has been giving her a serious concern.
According to her, “Drug abuse kills. Drug abuse truncates future. Children please don’t be involved in drug abuse. You have a great future. God has deposited a lot of potentials in you. Drug abuse affects the way your body performs. It affect important part of your body.
“It changes your brain chemistry. It takes control of your brain because it has affected the brain, some will become repressive or depressive. They look unkept. They engage in strange behaviour.
“The issue of drug abuse is a big problem in Nigeria and all of us must come together to come up with the way forward.”

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