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Pharmacists under the auspices of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, (ACPN) has urged Nigerian youths to desist from engaging in drug abuse or using drugs without professional guidance.

 

The pharmacists made the call while rewarding secondary school students who emerged best in its Essay Competition to mark 2018 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The event which brought together students from several secondary schools, held in Idiaraba, Lagos recently.

 

The nationwide essay competition with the theme “Goals for Life: Say No to Drug Abuse” was to test the knowledge of the students on drug abuse.”

 

The winners of the competition are Hepzibah Ogbonna and Eniola Sanye from Living World Academy Secondary School, Aba, Abia State and Eniola Sanye from Reagan Memorial Baptist Girls Secondary School, who came first, second and third respectively.

 

Drug abuse is the use of drugs for non therapeutic purpose and it is mostly related to habitual use of drugs to alter one’s mood often resulting in state of unconsciousness.

 

The former Chairman of the ACPN, Dr. Albert Alkali, said that drugs were good when taken according to prescriptions or when not misused and at the same time poisonous when misused.

 

According to him: “When you abuse drugs, you are not only putting yourself in danger but you put the lives of your family members in trouble.

 

To be a responsible citizens who will contribute his/her quota to the development of the society, you are supposed to do what you are expected to do within the society to maintain good ethical values, observing the rules set in your schools and at home.”

 

On her part, the Chairman of the Drug Information Centre (DIC) at the ACPN, Bukola Florunsho noted that the issue of drug abuse had become a matter of urgent global public health concerns. “As a matter of fact, it is regarded as an epidemic worldwide and Nigeria is not excluded. The abuse of drugs by adolescents has become one of the world’s most disturbing health related problems.” she said.

 

According to Folorunsho, the incidence of drug abuse among Nigerian adolescents has reached alarming and escalating rates.

 

“Following such alarming reports and recent efforts by the government to curb the consumption and sales of these substances, the DIC of the ACPN took it upon itself to look at avenues of enlightening the young people on the dangers of drug abuse.”

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