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Published On: Mon, Jun 25th, 2018

Drug abuse: Stakeholders advocate sensitisation, moral rejuvenation

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In order to effectively tackle the rampaging scourge of drug and substance abuse among youths and women in the society, there is urgent need for increased education and moral rejuvenation of FCT residents and Nigerians at large.
This point was made by some stakeholders, who spoke at launch of a book titled: ‘Free Bondage’, written by Pharm. Nevan Bello, at the weekend in Abuja.
The stakeholders emphasized that education was critical and vital to discouraging people especially youths, from indulging in substance abuse in the society, as it portends mortal danger to the human survival.
According to them, all hope is not lost, as through increased education and sensitization, the menace will be drastically reduced, if not eradicate.
In her keynote address, An Emotional Intelligence expert, Priscilla Banta opined that emotional intelligence can help people especially caregivers effectively cope with the challenges of managing the menace.
Banta reiterated that the recent swelling rate of the menace was not unconnected to the prevailing denial of the menace or its victims.
She urged caregivers to victims of substance abuse to seek continuous knowledge and skills on the management of the menace, as it’s a dynamic scourge.
She stressed the importance of people suffering from depression or form of emotional breakdown to always seek help from experts, trusted friends and or religious leaders.
She advised people who have those suffering from effects of substance abuse around them to take up the fight against the menace, by reaching out and showing love to them.
Also speaking, the book Chief launcher, Professor Emmanuel Garba, stressed the need to change the narrative around politics and leadership in the country, in order to achieve the objective.
Garba, who was represented at event, by his son, noted that policy formulation is very important to championing the quest to promote the stoppage of the use of illicit drugs especially among youth and women in the society.
Reviewing the book, Ms Na’anchin Mohammed noted that it reiterated the truth about drug abuse-challenges and solutions attached to the menace.
She noted that the consequences of drug abuse are enormous, hence the need to educate people about the menace.
She commended the author for writing a book on drugs abuse, which he described as handy and apt to tackling the menace ravaging the society.
Not left out, the Author, Pharm Nevan Bello, said that the book is her little contribution to tackling the menace of drug abuse, as education remains critical to discouraging people especially youths from indulging in the scourge.
She expressed hope that the message in the book will be understood and acted upon by religious leaders, parents in the society.
She however decried the involvement of security agents as well as high and mighty in the society, in abusing drugs and other substances, and advocated for attitudinal change, to effectively reverse the ugly trend.

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