JayFm Commentary: People’s Support the Law Enforcement Agencies to Rid the Society of Drug Abuse
Written by Joey Shekwonuzhibo on July 8, 2022
-Written by Gilbert Joseph of our News and Current Affairs Department
It has been said and even acknowledged by great leaders across the world that the future belongs to the youths.
Unfortunately,the optimism of a bright future led by the youth of today and leaders of tomorrow is constantly under threat due to the menace of drug abuse .
Regrettably too,Drug abuse or substance abuse which refers to the use of certain chemicals for the purpose of creating pleasurable effects on the brain has become a national problem linked to all manner of criminal activities .
Recent reports indicate that there are over 190 million drug users around the world and the problem has been increasing at alarming rates, especially among young adults under the age of 30.
A recent survey of National Drug Use also revealed, that there were around 14.3 million drug users in Nigeria .
This translates to over 11 per cent of youth’s population in the country being drug abuse victims.
Some of these frequently abused drugs include Syrup, tramadol, Diazepam, cocaine, Shisha mix among others.
Most times, parents are the last to know that their children are dependent on hard drugs.
The correlation between drug abuse and criminality has been well established.
The report in the last quarter of 2021 that kidnappers chose to include specific substances and drugs as part of ransom demands further validates the relationship between criminals and drug usage.
Apart from the apparent damage to society which drug abuse causes and the devastation it equally causes to families , its broader implications and far-reaching consequences to everyone can not be ignored .
This explains why The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency alongside and other sister agencies involved in the fight against drug abuse must be supported in their job
It is also important to note that there are different laws put in place against drug abusers apart from a life sentence which has further been proposed by the NDLEA as a measure to equally discourage people from engaging in it.
Given the prevalence of drug abuse in the society and the negative impact on public health and safety ,there is no better time than now for everyone to rise and join the crusade to make Plateau and other parts of Nigeria a better and safer place especially for the youths who are leaders of tomorrow