Monday, 26 June 2017

Drugs abuse hit women, teens across North- NDLEA

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in Yobe has called out for help over the increase in the number of females abusing drugs in the state.

Speaking, the Commander of the agency in the state, Mr Apeh Reuben, said in Damaturu on Monday that tge rate at which young girls between the ages of 15 and 35 were taking this drugs is alarming. “Some of the females consume and abuse multiple drugs, especially Tramadol, Amphetamine and Cannabis,” he said,

Mr Reuben then called for a partnership with Yobe government to stop the nonsense in the interest of the individuals and the state. “This will have bad consequences on the future of the state if adequate measures are not taken at the right time” he warned.

He also laid more emphasis on the problem his angency is currently facing in the state, Reuben said inadequacy of vehicles and accommodation for addicts being counseled, were their major challenges.

He said the addicts were being accommodated in rented apartments, stressing that ensuring the welfare of such people, was paramount.

Reuben said in spite of the challenges, his command was doing its best, adding that last year, no fewer than 98 drug dependent persons had been counseled.

According to him, the agency is taking the campaign against drug abuse to schools in line with this year’s theme of the international day against drug abuse, which was celebrated on June 23. “The theme, tagged ‘Listen First to the children’ is the first step to assist children and youth to grow healthy and safe from drug abuse.

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