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Drug Abuse: NGO cautions commercial motorists




Abuja, March 11, 2019  Vanguard Against Drug Abuse (VGADA), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has advised commercial motorists in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to shun hard drugs and other intoxicating substances because they are harmful.

The President of the NGO, Dr Hope Abraham, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Monday.

He said that the organisation was committed to counseling drug user on the dangers, and in promoting full recovery of drug addicts through sensitisation.

“Majority of automotive accidents today are caused by the influence of hard drugs and alcohol, especially by drunken drivers on our roads.

“One of our primary purposes is to help people get out of drugs and become useful to themselves and the society at large.

“We ensure drug addicts recover and one of our activities is to sensitise the public to the dangers of drug abuse.

“Several campaigns have been held in that regard and we do not intend to stop.

“Everybody needs to be aware that hard drugs are dangerous and have negative effects on their health,’’ Abraham said.

He commended the Federal Government for banning the importation, production and sale of codeine cough syrup in the country.

He described the ban as “a step in the right direction” towards stemming drug addiction among youths in the country.

“The abuse of codeine syrup by some Nigerian youths is becoming worrisome and it has negative impact on them.

“Some youths, who have been addicted to codeine, are always seen displaying symptoms of mental illness and hallucinations.

“I really commend government’s ban on the importation of the syrup so that our youths will not waste at early stage,’’ Abraham added.

He said that the organisation would not relent in its efforts to ensure that the society was free from drug abuse and peddling.

He urged the government to look into banning tramadol tablets as it was cheap to get, adding that the ban of codeine had helped the organisation’s operations.