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Illicit medication enabling crime, criminality in Nigeria, says Marwa

The Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa (retd), has mentioned the abuse of illicit medication abuse was enabling crimes and criminality throughout the nation.

Marwa mentioned this in his presentation throughout a National Youth Conference organised by the Vanguard Against Drug Abuse detox centre on Friday in Abuja.

The theme of the convention is tagged “The Youths, Drugs, Mental Health and Nigeria’s Future.”

Marwa mentioned that when youths indulged in drug abuse, the tendency for them to develop anti-social behaviour was excessive.

The NDLEA boss mentioned this had partially, fueled the insecurity drawback the nation has on its fingers as we speak.

He mentioned, “I’m one of many believers within the principle of crime that views the abuse and trafficking of illicit substances as enablers of crime and criminality.

“And in Nigeria of as we speak, we’ve got empirical and circumstantial proof to again this principle.

“For instance, the South East, identified for relative calm, has, up to now three years, been caught in a vortex of violence.

“The components chargeable for the cycle of violence being perpetrated by younger persons are many and assorted but in addition don’t preclude drug abuse, particularly methamphetamine, popularly generally known as Mmkpuru Mmiri.

“I’ve heard the arguments repeatedly, that some younger individuals get inventive or inspiration once they smoke hashish.

“That is balderdash. Did they also tell you that many also run mad or lose their sense of reasoning after smoking cannabis?”

Marwa mentioned that the most suitable choice in any society’s drug management effort was nonetheless prevention.

He added that the extra younger people who have been efficiently handled, the lesser the demand for illicit substances by individuals from this social group.

He mentioned, “For the younger individuals listening to me this morning, my attraction to you is straightforward. Youth is a vital interval within the human life cycle, a make or mar interval.

According to him, It may grow to be a interval of misplaced alternatives on account of the usage of illicit medication. And it’s a tragedy for any nation whose youthful inhabitants is given to drug abuse.

“The loss in financial phrases is commonly unquantifiable, as a result of, youth, who’re alleged to be the engine room of the economic system and the motive force of a rustic’s GDP, grow to be much less productive.

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“And additionally extra of a burden when the drug tradition thrives in society.

“I am sure some of you are familiar with the dire warning regarding the use of tobacco that “smokers are liable to die young.”

“That warning applies additionally to the abuse of a bootleg substance or any misuse of pharmaceutical medication.

“Those who abuse drugs or illicit substances are likely to die young and are likely to live a health-impaired life in the later years of their lives,” he mentioned.

Marwa mentioned that there have been many compelling causes for any youth to not be caught within the vortex of drug abuse.

“But above all, be reminded that the consequence is not limited to only you, the abuser of the illicit drug, but your family will also be affected, as well as your community and country,” he mentioned.

Earlier, the Convener of GVADA, Dr Hope Omeiza, mentioned that the goal of the convention was to sensitise all stakeholders for extra concerted efforts shifting ahead within the marketing campaign towards drug abuse.

Omeiza, who doubled because the Managing Director of the VGADA detox centre, mentioned that it additionally goals at creating avenues for remedy and prevention of those that have already suffered drug abuse.

This, he mentioned, included those that may be intending going into Drug abuse

“The name for motion is looking on all stakeholders, which is why right here represented are SSA to the President, SA to the President, head of presidency businesses, MDAs, right here to place their ideas collectively

“They must make a declaration for his or her assist adopted up with needed motion for implementation of all that might be mentioned right here as we speak.

“As youths, Let us steer clear of medication, Drug abuse is just not Steeze.

“There are alternatives to maintaining confidence, to getting pleasures, to increasing pleasures, and to not be in pain, not a drug. It’s not worth the risk,” he mentioned.

High factors of the occasion have been panel discussions on the consequences of drug abuse on Nigerian youths, and way-outs and shows of awards in recognition of those that have contributed to curbing drug abuse in Nigeria.

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