Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, in Bayelsa state are collaborating to check drug abuses by drivers, motorists and other road users in the state.
The agencies, which held a joint public education campaign on Friday in Sagbama, Sagbama Local Government of Bayelsa State, espoused on the dangers of alcohol and narcotics abuse.
They warned that research had proved that the use of alcohol and drugs while driving had despatched many motorists and drivers to their early graves.
State Commander, NDLEA, Mrs. Josephine Obi, told drivers and operators of tricycles and motorcycles to stop indulging in abusing alcohol and hard drugs for their interest and that of the other road users.
She said, “The danger associated with the use of these hard drugs is one of the things that drivers and okada riders are known for, is mixing drugs, alcohol and work. So, it is our duty and responsibility to enlighten them on why this is not right.
“So we are here to partner with you on how to make our lives better. Every day, we wake up with the objective to have a good time and leaving a good legacy too, so that whenever you pass on, people will remember you for good. It is not the hope of anybody that when he leaves home he will not get back in the night.
“Accidents, over the years have led to people’s dream being cut short. One of the causes of accidents is the use of alcohol and other drugs and driving while under the influence. Apart from accidents, there are also other negative effects of these drugs in the body and society.”
She said there were several categories of drugs that are harmful, not only to the users, but to other members of the society.
Obi said Cannabis Sativa, cocaine and other psychotropic substances had many consequences, which comprised addiction, making a person slave to it and inability to control one’s plan as well as one not being able to leave a good legacy.
She said there were other regulated drugs with restricted dosage that people could take, insisting that people should keep off those ones that were yet to be regulated by the government such as ogogoro.
She advised that even when taking regulated drugs, people should know their limits, stressing that apart from marijuana, there were people that were addicted to alcohol and that is dangerous too.

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