Monday, 25 June 2018

International Day On Drug Abuse And Illicit Trafficking

Theme :  Listen First 

The International day against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking is celebrated across the globe every 26th of June as set aside by the United Nation.  
It is a yearly ritual since 26th June, 1989. 

It is pertinent to know that drug abuse is now very predominant amongst young people between the ages of 10-35. This calls for concern as most young people have taken to all manner of drugs! From codeine, marijuana, tramol, tramadol, rohpynol, cocaine/crack, tobacco,  sniffing of tyres and even pit latrines.

 This is rather absurd and highly worrisome to see that majority of our young people are into one form of drug or the other. 

The reason is not far fetched. It is as a result of peer pressure, depression, rejection and lack of attention from the home, school, wards and loved ones. 

As the world celebrates this year's day, with the theme ' LISTEN FIRST ' we must begin to listen to the plight of young people. 

 Many youth are into drugs because they have no one to share their burden with as a result of environmental problems, poor parental upbringing, unemployment, poor grades and peer pressure. 

The number of young people engaging in drug abuse today from the age of 21 to 35 is as a result of frustration and lack of employment. Young people feel dejected, depressed,  angered and unstable which leads to illicit drug use. 

Until parents inculcate good parenting from the infant stage it may be difficult to stop drug abuse. Religious bodies, health institutions and the government have a role to play. 

In as much as I agree that peer influence is key to drug abuse, youth are experiencing abject poverty in the country. Majority of youth today feel no one cares about them and anything goes as long as they have money to get food or take care of their daily needs. 

Stopping this menace of drug abuse, the government must focus on rehabilitation of those in  the use of drugs, create jobs, and making sure the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) , carries out her duties diligently. 

We must begin to listen and solve the challenges of our young people. 

Help a youth today !


Prince Thomas Abi Jr.