The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Command (NAFDAC), has appealed to traditional, devout and community leaders to bring together the fighting against drug abuse and misuse in the country.
Warning that the dangers of drug abuse and misuse will collectively bear on everyone and impede national evolution whether not checked, Prof. Moji Christiana Adeyeye, the Managing director-Full general, NAFDAC raised alert over the level of drug-induced crimes in the country.
Adeyeye at a sensitization cause in Nnewi, Anambra Province on Thur, warned that drug abuse, drug misuse, addictions and self-medication are all injurious to public wellness and wellbeing.
Represented by the Managing director of Narcotics and Substances Command, Dr. Musa Umar, the DG at the cause, described drug security and security as an integral section of national security.
She warned that “drug security, unwholesome medicines, drug abuse, diversion of narcotics and psychotropic substances originally meant for medicinal employment and illegally diverted to illicit channels are criminal offences and injurious to national security.”
Prof. Adeyeye famous that kidnapping, arm banditry, terrorism, armed robbery and other criminal activities are fueled by drug abuse and misuse as good as addictions.
She also warned that drug abuse is also trying to decimate the youth population aside from fueling the insecurity stressing that fifty-fifty housewives are not left out.
”All hands must be on deck to combat this hydra-headed job and wrestle it to the ground. It is a total state of war that must be won,” she stressed.
“We are engaging the traditional institution, community and devout leaders to build a partnership because NAFDAC cannot do it solitary. “It is a clarion call up. All hands should bring together us to fighting this menace to destination. That is why we are moving from door to door with this cause which involves roadshows into communities and villages.
“We are also advising parents to catch their children who are in school. You demand to enquire valid questions and when children come up dorsum from school, check their bags and also observe the peer grouping or friends of your children, it is really important,” Prof. Adeyeye advised.
She also disclosed that in the in conclusion 4 years, the agency has been battling the proliferation of Tramadol and fighting drug lords who import them. “We have destroyed several containers worth hundreds of millions of naira of Tramadol that are shipped into the country and are existence diverted.
“Most of the nefarious activities existence committed by criminal elements, drug abuse is at the ticker of it. That is why we are fighting it frontally.”
Recall that a recent national survey by UNODC, NDLEA and NAFDAC, had shown that Nigeria nearly tripled the world average on the prevalence of drug abuse.
The global average according to the survey is pegged within 5.6 percent but Nigeria solitary rated around 14.4 percent.
This, Prof Adeyeye said, showed that there is a critical job of drug abuse in Nigeria, a reason why NAFDAC is intensifying its cause against drug abuse with the community to community cause.
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