The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has a role for parents to play, as Nigeria battles to end the growing cases of drug abuse.

Professor Mojisola Adeyeye is the Director-General of NAFDAC and she gave the guideline on Tuesday. 

She says it is important that parents bond and pay more attention to the upbringing of their children to prevent drug abuse.

Adeyeye made the plea at the NAFDAC and Youth Against Drug Abuse (YADA) consultative meeting organised by the agency and the Young Pharmacists Group (YPG) in Lagos.

The theme of the meeting was: “Securing the Future; Preventing Drug Abuse".

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NAFDAC-YADA is a school-based drug abuse prevention programme aimed at reducing drug abuse in secondary schools by teaching students what they need to know and do in order to prevent drug abuse.

It will also empower parents with necessary knowledge on what they need do, including guidance on how to get treatment for drug use.

According to Professor Adeyeye, bonding with children will ensure that children are safe from the growing problem called drug abuse.

“Our bonds with our children is a strong protective factor against drug abuse.

“We believe that if we get to our children early, we stand a better chance of preventing drug abuse.

“Drug abuse is a growing global concern all over the world; people are working to unravel and find solution to this problem.

“Drug abuse does not only affect us today, but strongly endangers the future of human society.

“Just over two weeks ago, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)- the first comprehensive national drug use survey- was released.

“The survey reveals certain salient issues that call for immediate response. One in seven persons aged 15 to 64 years had used a drug (other than alcohol and tobacco) in 2017," Adeyeye said.

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The NSDUH reveals that one out of every four high risk drug users have been arrested for drug related offences which includes; possession (73%).

“Others include: theft (12%); sex workers (5%); burglary (4%) and shop lifting (2%).

“This data only shows the number of arrests. So, if we consider that most crimes go unreported, then, we will see that we have a huge problem on our hands,” Adeyeye said.

She said that the agency was doing a lot to rid the society of this problem, but expressed displeasure that despite the efforts, "several drugs in unapproved strengths continue to infiltrate our country through our porous borders".

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