By Asma’u Halilu
Kaduna State government is partnering with the United Nations to strengthen it’s fight against drug abuse and to curtail illicit trafficking for a just and healthy society.
The Director General, Kaduna State Bureau for Substance, Abuse, Prevention and Treatment KADBUSA, Dr isah Baka stated at a law enforcement stakeholders meeting to mark 2019 International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Kaduna.
Dr Baka said the meeting was aimed at repositioning and restrengthening the position of government on bending substance abuse and also to treat those who have been affected by the scourge of the menace.
“It is not possible for us to pick on every individual hence the need for the collaboration by bringing people together to discuss, harness and seek out ways to curb the menace that has bedevilled our society which is unpleasant to citizens of the Country,” he said.
He lamented on how drugs have taken resourcefulness out of youths by making them dependants, saying the consequences of the menace is very dangerous.
“My heart bleeds each time I see youths getting abused with substances. You find youths who collectively gang up together doing nothing except doing drugs,” the DG stated.
Dr Baka therefore called on those youths who are yet to involve themselves in the drug menace to please avoid it completely and as well avoid the influence of friends.
“Do not let anything of glamour lure you to drug abuse because you will get involved in something you can’t finish,” he said.
The Kaduna State Commander, National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA Bala Fage stressed the need to partner with stakeholders to fight the scourge of drugs abuse in the Country.
He mentioned the need to bring the communities to fore in fighting drugs abuse, saying, the roles of the communities cannot be overemphasised in curbing the menace.
“Today the issue of drugs abuse and its consequences is at its climax such that, house wives, teenagers and children are all involved in drug abuse.”
Fage explained that from January till date, the agency was able to confiscate over one thousand two hundred kilogram Cannabis in circulation and also destroyed Cannabis.
A reformed patient of drug substance who spoke to Voice of Nigeria expressed regret over her involvement in drug abuse. “I was lured by a man into drugs and left home but am now repentant and have sought forgiveness from my parents. I am now a changed person.”
The 26th of June is set aside by the United Nations to mark the day against illicit drugs and trafficking. The theme for this year is, ‘’Health for Justice and justice for health”.