NAFDAC sensitises Abia youths on dangers of drug abuse
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has urged youths in Abia State to desist from the use of all forms of illicit drugs.
The agency observed that the effects of abusive use of drugs could not be disassociated with the high level of criminal activities being witnessed all over the country in recent times.
Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director General of NAFDAC, gave the warning at a sensitization programme held at Obayi Civic Center, Ovim, in Isuikwuato Local Government Area of the state.
The NAFDAC’s DG, who was represented by Mr Ejike Nnamani, a pharmacist and the agency’s coordinator in Abia State, warned that the effects were risky for anyone to think of, or even getting involved.
He told over hundred youths, both students and artisans, who were present at the forum, that abuse of drug always have effects on a person’s physical and mental health as well as social relationship in the family, at work and school.
“It leads to damage to social networks or relationships and has link with banditry, insurgency, kidnapping, rape, cultism, school dropout, assassination, lawlessness and cultural disorientation.
“As youths, you must realize that the use of drugs has detrimental effects. It can damage organs, such as liver, brain and heart.
“It can also lead to permanent changes in hormonal and nervous systems, bring about mental illnesses, loss of job and other financial issues, legal troubles, economic crisis and diverted focus and unproductive workers and lack of commitment,” he stated.
He stated that the move to minimize the effects and use of illicit drugs would demand the cooperation of families, religious bodies, authorized institutions and the community, to enable the sensitization programmes to bear fruits.
Yolamchi Ukaga, Aba