By: Mayen Etim
In his remarks, the Registrar, PCN, Pharmacist Elijah Mohammed, said curiosity and peer pressure were major reasons why people, especially school children and young adults embark on non-medical drug use.
According to him, the advocacy workshop is intended to achieve key objectives of providing a platform of interaction to increase awareness on the subject matter and discourage indiscriminate use of medicines and other substances among the populace especially youths.
Speaking on the topic: “Curbing the Manace of Drug Abuse through Information, Education and Communication,” the keynote Speaker, Professor Oluwatoyin Odeku, said the issues of drugs has been giving her a serious concern.
According to her, drugs are meant to address a particular health issue it was proscribed for which people now abuse without prescription, a development that have led to brain damage which is quite expensive to manage at rehabilitation centres.
“Drug abuse kills. Drug abuse truncates future. Children please don’t be involved in drug abuse. You have a great future. God has deposited a lot of potentials in you. Drug abuse affect the way your body performs. It affect important part of your body.
“It changes your brain chemistry. It takes control of your brain because it has affected the brain, some will become repressive or depressive. They look unkept. They engage in strange behaviour.
“The issue of drug abuse is a a big problem in Nigeria and all of us must come together to come up with the way forward.
“There should be surveillance on emerging drugs whereby the government will be strategically positioned to know about the emerging drugs with a view to nip it in the bud early enough,” she urged.