How Drug Abuse Is Driving Nigerian Youths 'Mental'
In case you are wondering how much effect substance abuse has on 'science students' in Nigeria, here is a statistic for you.
It shows the number of youths who are psychiatric patients in the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital Bauchi (ATBTH) and it is something that should get the attention of authorities in Nigeria.
Eight out of every 10 patients brought to the psychiatric clinic of the hospital are youths who abused drugs, a Consultant psychiatric with the ATBTH, Bauchi, Dr Abubakar Bagudu, says.
Bagudu gave the figures at a lecture to mark the 2018 World Mental Health day in Bauchi on Wednesday, October 10th.
He said drug abuse among young people had left them with depression and high level of suicide.
The consultant, who quoted the World Health Organisation (WHO) said half of all mental health cases started from ages 14, adding that most cases went undetected.
“That is why the Psychiatric department decided to create awareness among post primary school students.
“Most youths, nowadays, spend hours on the internet, experiencing horror films and crimes,” he said.
In his remark, Dr Atebgese Simon said youths took to drugs due to the influence of peer group pressure to improve self esteem, drug availability, accessibility, wrongful prescription and lack of drug education.
He added that drugs affected the vital organs of the human body and had physical, social and mental effect on an individual.
“Bauchi as you know is among the states with a high rate of codeine abuse, translating into large turnout of patients with mental problems in the state,” he said
Simon called for the establishment of a drug rehabilitation centre in the state to cater for addicts after completing their treatment.
The theme of the 2018 World Mental Health Day is "Young people and mental health in a changing world".
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