Sometime in 2017, the police boss in Lagos attributed the growing rate of crime to the growing popularity of drug use among youths.

Apparently, he is not the only one who shares this view.

Nollywood is standing up to fight that societal scourge called drug abuse and #StopDrugAbuse is one campaign to look out for in 2018.

With prominent star actors like Desmond Elliot, Kalu Ikeagwu and Saidi Balogun involved, you can tell this is one big fight.

The initiator of the idea is a Nollywood filmmaker, Adebola Adigun who has been in the industry for over 20 years.

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He teamed with other partners to design the project in 2017 and he shared his passion in an interview with Bounce News.

“Everywhere I go, I see that many youths of nowadays are not ready to do meaningful things with their lives than taking hard drugs."

If a filmmaker wants to fight drug abuse, you would assume that the first option for him is to make a film about the topic, right? Well, he has done that before.

He is the producer of the 2017 movie Guilt which he used to campaign against domestic violence with an angle that highlights how men are equally victims.

But as far as drug abuse is concerned, he believes a 2-hour movie is not enough as the future of Nigeria depends on the quality of its youths.

The forthcoming campaign, #StopDrugAbuse is a web based drama series featuring the best of Nollywood.

The skits will ride mainly on the social media culture in Nigeria to spread the message that drugs, and substance abuse is a dream killer.

Experts in the health sector, civil society, rehabilitated victims and religious organization will also be part of the production.

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“When I was growing up, my mother always told me that if I take anything intoxicating, I would run mad. That fear kept me away from drugs despite the temptation and peer pressure.

“If today’s parents won’t do their job like our mothers did, then Nollywood will have to rise up and do it for the good of the society,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Adigun is not saying the entertainment practitioners have superior moral standing to do this.

He admits drug abuse is very common in the industry just as it is in every sector, but there are role models with positive lifestyles in the industry, so why not highlight that for the good of everyone?

It starts with telling that youth around you to stop abusing tramadol, codeine and all sorts they ingest.

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