No fewer than 40 percent of Nigerians between the ages of 15 to 64 years are said to be addicted to drugs, a University of Jos lecturer and the administrator, Centre for Addiction Treatment and Research in Plateau State, Dr. Nantok Dami said at the weekend.
Dr Dami, who presented a paper titled ‘Drug Abuse, the Scavenger of the Destiny of Youths’ in Jos during the Youth Skills Acquisition Orientation programme organised by the Institute of Governance and Social Research in Jos, said the factors contributing to the soaring statistics of drug users in the country include availability and easy access to drugs which he said government must legislate on.
He urged parents to look out for symptoms in their wards such as the use of slangs and coded language, declining performance in schools, frequent demands for money, frequent temper flare ups and quarrels, as well as keeping to late hours and over sleeping.
Dr. Dami urged the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, to wake up to its responsibilities, adding that “weeds are grown even at the backyards of people’s homes; people are selling weed on the streets and nothing is being done to punish them.”
Also speaking, the permanent secretary, Ministry of Youth Development, Dorcas Din said the programme was organised to inculcate the qualities of discipline and patriotism among the youths, adding that “no responsible government will ignore its teeming youths in implementing its programmes.”

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