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FG to conduct nationwide drug use survey

The Federal Government plans to conduct a drug use survey as a part of its efforts to fight drug abuse and develop preventive measures, The PUNCH reviews.

It mentioned the survey to be performed quickly would assist the federal government break the vicious cycle of drug abuse, safeguard teeming youth from falling prey to the illicit act and guarantee correct useful resource allocation to deal with the problem successfully.

President Bola Tinubu mentioned this at an occasion held on Tuesday in Abuja to commemorate the 2024 United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking themed, “The Evidence is Clear: Invest in Prevention”.

On December seventh, 1987, the United Nations General Assembly put aside June 26 of yearly because the International Day towards Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking to lift consciousness concerning the main downside that illicit medicine signify to society.

Drug abuse refers back to the dangerous or hazardous use of psychoactive substances, together with alcohol and illicit medicine. It results in habit, a persistent, relapsing dysfunction characterised by compulsive drug looking for, continued use regardless of dangerous penalties, and long-lasting adjustments within the mind.

The annual occasion with help from the MTN Foundation encourages governments, organizations, and people to return collectively to fight drug abuse and unlawful drug commerce by schooling, prevention, and therapy programmes.

The Country Representative, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Oliver Stolpe, highlighting the impression of drug abuse mentioned that 292 million or 5.6 per cent of the world inhabitants aged between 15 and 64 engaged in drug abuse prior to now yr.

Speaking throughout his keynote deal with, Tinubu represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator George Akume, mentioned that the growing spate of drug abuse is a stark reminder of an pressing project to avoid wasting humanity.

He said that the social, financial and well being penalties of drug abuse don’t solely destroy lives but additionally put a pressure on the healthcare system including extra burden on the federal government to supply correct rehabilitation.

He mentioned, “Our gathering right here on this vital event to commemorate the International Day Against Drug Abuse and the National Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, a day devoted to elevating consciousness concerning the international problem of drug abuse and trafficking is a stark reminder of an pressing project for humanity. It communicates the necessity to allocate extra assets within the collective and coordinated quest to stamp out the results of the abuse of illicit medicine.

“The social, economic and health consequences of drug abuse are not only devastating to lives but also put a strain on the healthcare system. Drug abuse imposes a burden on government and people and the ramifications of these consequences reverberated across generations.”

The president said that preventive measures stay probably the most potent weapon to avoid wasting lives and promote wholesome life including that the intervention is just not merely an ethical crucial, however an answer to safeguarding our future.

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“In the face of this formidable problem, prevention is probably the most potent weapon that we are able to deploy. Prevention not solely saves lives, it additionally saves assets that will in any other case have been spent on therapy and rehabilitation. It empowers people to make knowledgeable decisions, promotes wholesome life, and creates resilient communities, able to withstanding the pressures of drug abuse.

“Preventive intervention is just not merely an ethical crucial, however an answer to safeguarding our future by allocating assets in direction of varied prevention applications, we are able to break the vicious cycle of drug abuse and shield our youth from falling prey to the menace.

“Prevention efforts should be complete and should goal all the weather of society, particularly, faculties, markets, motor parks, workplaces and communities. It should contain all stakeholders as a result of the drug downside requires the entire of society method and no single entity can deal with it alone.

“On this note, I enjoy all and sundry support for the war against drug abuse initiative, otherwise known as the WADA campaign, done by NDLEA three years ago. This government will support the NDLEA to build on its success recorded in the past three years. We shall work with all relevant stakeholders to ensure that we have positive statistics from the next national drug use survey to be conducted in the country. Together we can build a country where every individual has the opportunity to live a drug-free life where communities thrive and where hope replaces destruction.”

In his deal with, the Director General of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Mohamed Buba Marwa, mentioned operatives of the company have 52,901 drug traffickers, together with 48 barons, and obtained over 9,000 convictions of suspects within the final three years.

Marwa mentioned the company’s offensive motion had resulted within the seizure of over 7.6 million kilograms of varied illicit substances, together with cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and hashish.

The NDLEA boss mentioned efforts to realize a drug-free Nigeria are being led with preventive steps, one in all which has been blocking distribution channels.

He mentioned, “The crucial to put money into prevention is dictated by evidence-based outcomes which have proven that prevention is much less expensive than coping with the results of drug use dysfunction. Because, in spite of everything, prevention is healthier than treatment.

“At NDLEA, drug use prevention lies at the heart of our strategy in addressing the drug problem as it is: far more effective and cost-efficient to prevent drug abuse than to deal with its consequences. As part of the reforms being undertaken in the Agency in the last three years, with the support of the Federal Government and various stakeholders, we have invested in prevention programmes”

He added, “The magnitude of our effort is reflected in the statistics of our drug supply reduction activities. We have arrested 52, 901 drug traffickers, including 48 barons, in three and half years. Over 9, 000 of the suspects have been convicted in court. We have also seized over the same periods 7.6 million kilograms of assorted illicit substances.”

On his half, the Chairman, MTN Foundation, Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, urged the federal government in any respect ranges, “to develop and update policies, share the right information with the general populace, and partner with each other to [provide and execute a clear plan to contain and prevent the scourge in every sector.”

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