Ogun State government has called for more collaborative efforts of all stakeholders towards tackling drug abuse, as prevalence rates in the country continues to rise yearly.
The Chairman, Ogun State Drug Control Committee (OSDCC), Pharm. Olufemi Fafiolu, made this call at a colloquium organised by the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, (ACPN) Ogun State Chapter, in conjunction with OSDCC in Abeokuta.
Fafiolu noted that, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) 2018 report revealed that, 22.4 percent of the population of Southwest geopolitical region of Nigeria was into drug abuse, putting the prevalence rate in Ogun State at 17 percent.
The Chairmen disclosed that one out of seven persons between the ages of 15 and 64 were involved in drug abuse in 2017, adding that there is a growing involvement of women in drug and substance abuse.
“The growing rate of abuse in our country has become worrisome. The situation had become so alarming that the Federal government set up a presidential Advisory Committee on the Elimination of Drug Abuse to tackle the menace’’, he said.
He noted that the fight against drug abuse required continual collaborative efforts, adding that all stakeholders, such as security agencies, government, parents, teachers and the media have a role to play.
In his keynote address, a consultant psychiatrist, Dr. Olalekan Amosu, identified kidnapping, rape, cultism, prostitution, armed robbery and other social vices as consequences of drug abuse, disclosing that the most effective treatment for drug addiction is the Bio-psycho-social approach.
Sharing his experience, a rehabilitated drug addict of twenty three years, Mr. Tayo Adesina, advised parents and teachers to device ways of monitoring who their children associate with, to prevent them from drug abuse.