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Experts calls for more effort to fight drug abuse

Issues around implications of drug abuse took the centre stage at a Media literacy and Advocacy Program organized by the chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Information, National Orientation Ethics and Values, Mr Segun Odebunmi, at Igbo Ile, Ogbomoso, Oyo State.

The program which was targeted at youths in Surulere local government, drew participants from the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA and other stakeholders.

Speaking at the event in Abuja, Mr Odebunmi, said the program was organized to sensitise selected youths on dangers of drug abuse and encourage them to be useful members of the society.

The lawmaker, who was represented by his aide Mr Maruf Ajibolu, noted that the youths are the backbone of any society, hence the need to rid them of any form of danger including peddling and abusing illicit drugs.

A consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Adeola Oduyebo who noted that drug abuse was a social threat to the youth, maintained that it was high time all hands remained on deck to eradicate it.

Dr Oduyebo, explained that use of Marijuana, Colorado,Tramadol, skunk and Skoochy among other drugs caused physical and psychological side effects on the body.

An Officer of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA, Ogbomoso, Mrs Bukola Adeoye maintained that the agency was jacking up its sensitization and enlightenment Programs on dangers of drug abuse .

Mrs Adeoye, also gave assurance that the agency would continue to fight against all forms of drug abuse.

Two of the participants who spoke to Radio Nigeria described the program as an eye opener and pledged to make use of all they learnt.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade & Julian Osamoto