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FCTA takes war on drug abuse to secondary schools

Dec, 2021 | By Jonah Doris | ||

Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has intensified its war on drug abuse among the youth in the Territory. It seeks to win the war through enlightenment campaigns in secondary schools. These facts were disclosed by the Secretary for Health and Human Services, Dr Abubakar Tafida, during a campaign in commemoration of 2021 International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking which held at Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS), Dutse.

The event held under the theme 'Share Facts on Drugs, Save Lives'. The Secretary was represented by the Chairman, FCT Drug Mis-Use Control Committee (DMCC), Pharm. Boniface Ikwu. Addressing the students, Dr Tafida stated that the objective of the event was to converse on facts in order to save lives.

The Secretary admonished students to disseminate the knowledge received to their counterparts, saying the former play a pivotal role in sharing information about drug abuse with their peers. Soliciting the support of journalists too, the Secretary stressed that the media has a huge role to play by giving robust publicity on drug abuse which he described as a pandemic in the society.

Delivering the keynote address at the event, Deputy Director, Pharmaceutical Services, Wuse District Hospital, Pharm. Uche Eze defined drug abuse as the use of illegal drugs, substances or use of prescription drug in a manner that is not recommended.

Giving stark statistics, Pharm. Eze said: ''As a fact, globally, 275 million people abuse drugs yearly and in the year 2020, over 30 million people suffered from drug use and in Nigeria 376,000 of the population are marked high risk of drug abuse and this target population are young people.''

Abusing drugs, according to him, comes with consequences, disclosing that in Nigeria, 80,000 persons inject themselves with drugs ''and depend on this to keep them in higher or more than normal level.'' He lamented that injection of drugs exposes users to other ailments such as HIV/AIDs. The event was attended by secondary and primary school students in that zone as well as eminent personalities and other stakeholders.


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