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Desperate times for drug addicts

28 May 2013, 09:00Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Substance abuse is spiralling out of control in Nigeria's Adamawa State.

According to state officials addicts have resorted to inhaling lizard dung and water fetched from drainages because of a lack of money.

“Lizard dung and gutter water is now becoming an emerging trend because other drugs of abuse are beyond the reach of the youths who are mostly unemployed," said the State Commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Alhaji Hassan Zungeru.

He listed other commonly abused substances in the state as Indian hemp, tramol, rubber solution and cough syrup with codeine.

Zungeru said most of the drug addicts in the state were unemployed youths who could not afford what he called the costly ‘classified drugs.’

He said his organisation has collaborated with the Adamawa Emirate Council on awareness programmes to tackle drug abuse and trafficking.

 - CAJ News

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