Lagos - Speaking at a forum to mark this year’s United Nations International
Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Ebonyi State,
Coordinator of the Okposi Development Centre, Magnus Eze, argued
education planners had to complement efforts of the National Drug Law
Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in ridding the country of the scourge.
“Community support is extremely important to prevent, treat, rehabilitate and accept those addicted to substances. All hands must be on deck. Be a good role model and empower young people to deal with life challenges to stay away from substance abuse,” said Eze over the weekend.
He said the country could achieve this by forming drug-free club in local schools and also making drug education part of the curricula of primary and secondary schools in Nigeria.
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“Teenagers need to get the accurate and detailed information about substance use from a trusted and reliable adult – be it a parent or a teacher,” added Eze.
Chief Eze further charged families, schools, civil society and faith-based organizations to do their part to rid their communities of drugs, while urging the Nigerian media to raise greater awareness about the dangers of narcotics.
In 1987, the United Nations General Assembly decided to observe 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.
- CAJ News