DRUG MISUSE_ THE CONTEMPORARY BUGBEAR

Oluwatoyin Olabisi
Posted June 13, 2019 from Nigeria
DRUG MISUSE _ THE CONTEMPORARY BUGBEAR
Reduction in drug escapades among young people is possible but not without the collective effort of the Family, Community, Government, School, Civil Society and Religious Organizations to effectively use their platforms to educate their conflux on the negative effects of drug misuse

Drug misuse is an abnormal behavior characterized by indiscriminate use of drugs, slurred speech, loss of memory and depression. Defined by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (2000) as  the use of any substance  under  international  control  for  purposes  other  than  medical  and  scientific,  including  use  without  prescription in  excessive dose levels  over an unjustified period of time. Drug Misuse has the capabilities of destroying the potentials of a person which in the long run could negatively impact the community. Reasons young persons are drawn to drug misuse includes but not limited to peer pressure, low self-esteem ,to  reduce stress level, sexual satisfaction and to  feel good about themselves. It  can lead to crime and unscrupulous behavior as insurgency and other crimes in Nigeria have been linked to Drug Misuse among Young Persons  as reported in Punch Nigeria Newspaper –

https://punchng.com/drug-abuse-responsible-for-kidnapping-dangerous-driving-other-ills-in-nigeria-nafdac/ 

https://punchng.com/blame-drug-abuse-for-increase-in-crime-rate-ojo/.

Reduction in drug escapades among young people is possible but not without the collective effort of the Family, Community, Government, School, Civil Society and Religious Organizations to effectively use their platforms to educate their conflux on the negative effects of drug misuse on health and well-being (SDG3) but also on community and economic development. Decriminalizing drugs is not the solution to the menace of drug abuse but systematic effort need be put in place in engaging and redirecting youth vigor into productive tasks which would contribute to their personal development and well-being.

26th June of every year should not only be the time we raise awareness on the harmful effects of drugs but it should be done regularly to curb its harmful effect on the next generation.

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Jill Langhus
Jun 13
Jun 13

Hi Oluwatoyin,

Thanks for sharing your important post and message. It looks like you hold workshops to spread awareness for youth on the harmful effects of drugs? Thanks for all you do:-)

Oluwatoyin Olabisi
Jun 14
Jun 14

Yes,part of my organization,s mandate is Drug Abuse Prevention Education.

Jill Langhus
Jun 14
Jun 14

Great. Good job, dear!

Keep up the good work:-)

Hello Oluwatoyin,

Drug abuse is a prevalent problem in our country today. Thank you for sharing about it. I applaud you for your initiatives on this societal issue. Thank you for sharing!

Oluwatoyin Olabisi
Jun 15
Jun 15

Appreciate your response.Thank you

You’re welcome. :)

Beth Lacey
Jul 21
Jul 21

This is such a huge problem all over the world

Anita Shrestha
Oct 07
Oct 07

Dear
Nice work, do continue