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20-yr-old man dies of overdose as pupils, youths openly abuse drugs in Lagos communities –

In this article, SUBAIR MOHAMMED examines the worsening drug problem in Nigeria’s most populous state.

As the threat of substance abuse among youths in Lagos State grows, the latest casualty has been identified as a 20-year-old boy (name withheld) in the Agbado-Oke-Odo area of ​​the state.

That’s as the state’s notorious substance abuse sites are uncovered, with elementary school students among young residents who have chronically abused substances.

With a prevalence rate of 33%, Lagos State is a hotbed of drug and substance abuse in the South West.

According to the 2021 World Drug Report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), about 275 million people worldwide use drugs in the year under review, and more than 36 million people suffer from drug use disorders.

In Nigeria, however, the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use indicated that approximately 14.3 million Nigerians use drugs.

Of these, nearly 3 million Nigerians are reported to suffer from drug use disorders, with Lagos State leading the South West region in terms of drug use.

Referring to the prevalence of drug use in his community, Mr. Ernest Kasunmu, CDC Chairman of Agbado Oke-Odo, told the Saturday Tribune that the area has a very high rate of drug use and substance abuse.

According to him, a large number of drug addicts lurk near the White House bus stop of the Ajasa Command in Amikanle and Tunji Alaso.

He said: “Drug addiction begins with laziness and unemployment among young people. Once they lack participation and livelihood, many of them are bound to abuse drugs.

“Also, some parents are responsible for their children’s drug addiction, like a 20-year-old man in my community who died of substance abuse. I went to his father and found out he knew what was going on with his son. This man Can’t pretend he didn’t know about his son’s addiction. He knew what kind of company his son had. So, he couldn’t say he didn’t know what he did. This young man died of an overdose.

“Agbado Oke-Odo has a very high rate of drug abuse right now. We have them lurking around the community. They are at the White House bus station in Ajasa Command. They are at Amikanle and Tunji Alaso. It takes a strong will to move through these areas. CDC is doing its best to actively engage young people, especially elementary school students, so that they are not lured into this destructive lifestyle.

“There are boys and girls among them, but 80% of the drug users are men. The women who abuse drugs are not from the community. They are from outside Lagos state. Tools in the hands of politicians. Once they’re addicted it’s hard to get them off, but before they do, we make sure we engage them in active pastimes.”

Kasunmu also called attention to the more worrisome aspects of the plague.

He said: “This threat is not limited to secondary and out-of-school children, primary school children also use drugs. They see it on the roadside, mixing herbal concoctions with alcoholic substances. destroy.

“We have to shut down supply chains and hunt down nobles because drug addicts are victims of uncontrolled supply of substances. Laziness is no excuse for drug use and robbery, but some politicians are also to blame. They supply them with drugs to get high.

“We have to educate our young people from primary school. In the past, at the children’s boarding school in Osobo, we had literary and debating societies, as well as various sports. By the time I was in secondary school, I was representing the old Oyo state takes part in boxing. There is hardly any of us who does not do one thing or the other, but today, there are no recreational facilities for young people, and without them, they would whenever they had the opportunity to congregate in one place recruiting themselves to drug use and other social vices.”

medicine for breakfast

In the state’s notorious suburb of Mushin, addicts are reportedly growing, with young users now starting their day with contraband.

Olusina Alade, former secretary-general of the CDC in the Mushin Local Government Area, revealed that in the past, hard drug use was limited to Akala, a community known for drug use and substance abuse.

But today, he said, it has spread to other areas such as Mushin Olosha, LUTH Road, Oye Junction, along Isolo Road, Olu Aina in Daleko, Oduduwa and Odo in Matori.

“They were out there drinking, snorting cocaine. They didn’t even care, law enforcement looked at them helplessly,” Allard said.

“The well-known drug problem in Akara applies equally to other parts of the Mushin metropolis. Some parents don’t care about their children’s health, and you see some drug users who don’t go to school, and during school hours, they drink at drug spots to cool off. “

Dissecting how the community has fallen deeper into the drug crisis, Alade said: “Peer pressure is another reason why we have a drug threat in Mushin. People between the ages of 10 and 20 are abusing drugs and substances. It involves both genders, but the men’s Even higher. Orientation is very important in redirecting the minds of young people who are already addicted to drugs.”

He suggested a way out: “The government needs to raise awareness among people because many of them are unaware of the consequences of drug addiction. Schools must also educate students about the dangers of substance abuse. Over the years, the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), National Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAC) and National Guidance Agency (NOA) have been docile. They need to step up their awareness and enlightenment campaign. Mushin has an alarming rate of drug abuse.

“At 7am you see young boys and adults taking hard drugs. Drug use is limited to Akala but it has spread to other areas like Olosha, LUTH Road, Oye Junction along Isolo Road, Olu Aina in Daleko Nearby, Oduduwa and Odo in Matori. It’s spreading.”

The drug crisis is unprecedented – rehab manager

Senior Causes of Alcohol and Substance Abuse in Adolescents and Young Adults, Psychologist and Facility Manager at Alcohol and Drug Abuse Recovery Home, Alcohol and Drug Referral Service, Surulere, Mrs Itunu Onifade, identified peer pressure, family dysfunction and two The lack of connection between parent and child is a major factor in the threat.

According to her, medicines are more readily available and invented in society than ever before.

She said: “First of all, one of the reasons why young people use drugs is peer pressure, because at some point in their lives they seek the advice of others and the love of other peers and the influence of their parents. Often, peers will ask them Introductory substance.It also has an indirect cause, because for a teenager to be influenced by his peers means he has a distant cause.

“Such people lack some coping skills. Sometimes peer pressure is also associated with low self-esteem and lack of coping mechanisms. To be truly peer pressured, you lack some of the life skills that can lead to peer pressure, which can lead to addiction.

“Also, there are people who have depression and family problems, and a lack of connection between parents and children. Some parents don’t understand their children, and when they go to school, they find comfort in friends. So whatever their peers tell Whatever they are, they will stick to it.

“If a child comes from a dysfunctional family where the parents don’t have a connection with them, people outside the home and school will definitely have an upper hand in influencing them. But some people go to school and they are not affected by peer pressure because the connection Formed at home. These are some of the causes of drug addiction in young people.

“Drugs are more readily available than ever in society at this time and season. As a substance use manager, dangerous drug combinations and inventions are seen almost daily by drug addicts. Young people look upon ‘His Royal Highness’ with pride. If you You’re not top-notch without taking drugs.

“The advent of modern technology is another factor. Social media platforms can easily lure young people into substance abuse. Because of the types of artists and music they listen to, they are vulnerable to alcohol and drugs. You can imagine what kind of artists they listen to The artist of questionable characters who abused drugs was a role model for the young and young.

“Young people are curious about learning. At a young age, they want to take risks. If their curiosity is not properly tamed and channeled by mentors, family members and parents, they may abuse substances. Both boys and girls abuse substances.

“However, in order to control these substances, regulators need to reduce the import channels of these substances.

“NDLEA has done a great job on substance reduction and the work of professionals like us needs to be commended. We are reducing harm to those teens who are abusing substances. We are making sure that people who are on the brink of substance abuse are protected against people who are already abusing substances Intervene and intervene.

“Damage control is how we take control of something that has been damaged. It comes in stages. At Alcohol and Drug Referral Services we are case managers for alcohol and drug addiction. We help people recover from addiction through assessments and recommending different types treatment plan,” she said.

read from and Niri tribune

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