Public servants in Ogun State have been charged to be change agents in the campaign against drug and substance abuse in order to reduce the scourge in the society.
The Chairman, Ogun State Drug Control Committee (OSDCC), Pharm. Fafilou, gave this charge during a lecture on drug abuse, organized as part of activities lined up for the 2019 Public Service Day in Abeokuta, saying ‘’once public servants in the State becomes ambassadors against drug abuse, OSDCC’s mandate to curb the menace would in no time, be realized’’.
He disclosed that campaigns had been taken to public places such as; motor parks, markets, schools, Community Development Associations (CDAs), among others.
In a lecture titled “Drug Abuse in the Workplace”, A Consultant Psychiatrist, Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro, Abeokuta, Dr. Sunday Amosun noted that drug abuse was common at work places, adding that those involved in the act are clever at concealing it.
He however identified tendency to mismanage financial resources and decline in performance of duties as signs that someone at work might be involved in drug abuse.
“If whatever we use begins to affect us, then it is a problem. No matter how hard a drug addict tries to conceal the act, people who are attentive will find out. But it is important for us to know that drug addicts need help rather than being made societal outcasts”, he said.
Dr. Amosun advised parents and caregivers to pay attention to activities of their wards, saying those who abuse drugs, even as professionals, picked up usage while experimenting with substances in their adolescent years.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Head of Service, Engineer Lanre Bisiriyu, commended OSDCC for utilizing the opportunity presented in the Public Service Day to organize a lecture on drug abuse for workers, expressing delight at the turn out for the exercise.
He appreciated Governor Dapo Abiodun for approving activities for the Public Service Day, enjoining public servants to participate in other events lined up for the Week.