A MEDICAL expert and a Child
Psychiatrist, with the Federal
Neuro-psychiatrist Kaduna, Dr.
Folorunsho Nuhu, has said 35%
and 30% secondary school students
are into hard drugs consumption
respectively in Kaduna, North West
and Ibadan in South West of the
This was as he said 12% of them
are active users and children within
the age brackets of 9 to 13 years are
dependent on one drug or the other.
Dr. Nuhu stated this while
speaking to newsmen at a one day
parental seminar with the theme:
“curtailing the scourge of substance
abuse,” and organized the Nurturing
Fitral Foundation in Kaduna at the
The Medical expert who
expressed worry about the
prevalence rate of the drug intake
among the adolescent said recent
studies carried out shows that it is
on a high side.
According to him, “Studies
carried out within Kaduna and
outside Kaduna show that a lot
of our children, adolescent and
young adults are into drugs.
For example a study by Ekele i Kaduna metropolis, shows that up
to 35percent of secondary students
have one time or the other taken
one or more of this hard drugs. That
is serious.
“In South-West, a lot of studies
conducted for instance, the one I
was involved in in Ibadan. We got
close to 30percent of our school
children that has taken either
alcohol, Indian hemp or cigarette in
their life time. And there are upto
12percent who are active users. So
it is a menace.
“In my clinic, at child adolescent
unit of Federal Neuro-psychiatric,
Barnawa, Kaduna, I have seen
children as young as 9 years to 13
years that are already dependent on
drugs. So it is really terrible and it
is real.
“We should not shy away from it
and we cannot deny the prevalence.
“Parents should be more
responsible to their children. They
should be more vigilant to look
for signs and symptoms of a child
who has just started abusing drugs
because at that stage, it is easier to
control and for early identification
and treatment.
“The youths have misconception
of the drug intake and that’s why
they feel taking drugs help them
instead it does more harm than
“The misconception by the
labourers and menial job labourers
that when they smoke Indian hemp,
it gives energy is also unfortunate.
Indian hemp does not give any
energy, it can only make them a
little dis-inhabited and on a long
run it will become ill motivated
even when they take the alcohol.
They still cannot perform again.
So they will become no future
ambition. So that is the long effect it
will have on them,” Dr. Nuhu stated.
Earlier, the founder of Nurturing
Fitral Foundation and an anchor
person of a programme “Today’s
baby” on the popular Nigerian
Television Authority, NTA, Hajia
Amina Muhammad said she was
prompted to form the foundation
and the seminar to reawaken
parents on their responsibilities to
their children.
“The message to take home is,
parents should be more aware
of their responsibilities because
a child doesn’t necessarily have
to go into drugs if all is well at
home. Sometimes, it is withdrawal
syndrome, lack of love and
negligence by the parents that result
into this,” Hajia Muhammad said.

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