NAFDAC Takes Sensitization Campaign On Drug Abuse To Principals, Students

By Kenneth Orusi, The Nigerian Voice, Asaba

Determined to deal with the root of drug nuisance in the country, the National Agency For Food And Drug Administration And Control (NAFDAC), took the fight against drug abuse to selected secondary schools in Delta condition.

Speaking during a stakeholders meeting in Asaba, to commence subsequently of the National flag-off of the drug abuse education and awareness campaign on the nuisance of drug abuse in Nigeria and to discuss the abuse of psychoactive medication, the Director General NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye, hinted that the program was running at same time across the federation.

Represented simply by Pharmacist Sobulade Isijola, the NAFDAC DG, said churches, mosques and other centers should look inward and prioritize their messages to their congregations.

“ We need to go back to the way it was 50 years ago when the father and mother were show set boundaries for the children”, saying that teachers should join hands with mom and dad to point out when they observe behavioural problems.

While noting that the company is working tirelessly to curb the menace of drug abuse in the community, she said, the agency destroyed 25 containers of tramadol worth more than N1 billion, seized more tramadol and unregistered products worth more than N200 billion.

Earlier in his welcome address, the state Coordinator, NAFDAC, Pharm Jude Ndekile, lamented that in recent times, there has been an increase in the abuse and improper use of narcotic, controlled drugs and other substances which has spread to the educational institutions using the junior secondary schools having their fair share of the menace.

He revealed that the stakeholders meeting was to reach out to school principals plus students through the Young Pharmacist Group (YPG), to bring the campaign to college in the state and create enlightenment on the dangers of drug abuse and the ill a result of these drugs on the future of “ our youths”.

This individual expressed faith that the synergy would drastically reduce the menace of drug abuse within secondary schools and the society at large.

The Commissioner for Health insurance and chairman of the occasion, Dr Mordi Onnoye, who was represented by the Director associated with Pharmaceutical services, Justina Ofenakechukwu, expressed hope that at the end of the meeting the particular fight against drug abuse would have gone to the next level.

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