Rate of drug abuse in Nigeria hits 14.4%

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The rate of drug abuse in the country has hit the all time high of 14.4 per cent.

This figure almost triple world average of 5.6 per cent.

Quoting the National Bureau for Statistics (NBS) the Chief Executive of Baba Rabi Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Mrs. Nana Mede, said Nigeria, drug case has tripled the world average, making drug abuse the major risk behaviour among youths and adolescents with physical and mental health complications.

Mede lamented that Nigeria’s drug abuse statistic rate of 14.4 per cent has tripled the world average drug rate of 5.6 per cent.

Speaking in Abuja at a seminar for the eradication of drug abuse and illicit substances among youths, she said the impact of drug abuse among Nigerian adolescent had been a feature of morally bankrupt, corrupt and wasted generations.

She said drug abuse contributes to loss of societal values and ideals, while quoting the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) as stating that drug abuse has become a rapid growing problem in the country and other parts of the world.

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