Buba Marwa, chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has revealed that six rehabilitation centres can be established throughout the nation to sort out the rising charge of drug abuse.
Marwa disclosed this on Wednesday, October 27 on the fifth biennial nationwide symposium on medication and drug coverage in Nigeria, organised by the Centre for Research and Information on Substance Abuse (CRISA) in Abuja.
He revealed that the rehabilitation centres can be established in every geopolitical zone of the nation, whereas expressing concern over the speed of drug abuse in Nigeria, including that the company stays dedicated to reversing the pattern.
“Substance use and abuse around the world including Nigeria is on the increase in terms of the proportion of the world’s population. Findings from the National Drug Use Survey (2018) conducted by the UNODC revealed that 14.4% or 14.3 million Nigerians aged 15 – 64 years had used a psychoactive substance in the past year for non-medical purposes, meaning that one in seven persons has used some substances other than alcohol and tobacco,” he mentioned.
“More worrisome is the discovering that amongst each 4 drug customers in Nigeria, one is a girl. Above findings of the survey by UNODC give a troubling portrait of drug abuse in Nigeria and we are able to now not reside in denial that Nigeria has a thriving illicit drug tradition.
“There is little doubt that substance use impacts negatively on the person, household and the society generally. Substance abuse impacts the bodily, social and psychological ranges of the consumer and members of the family.
“Evidence has proven that COVID-19 infections are increased or extra widespread with folks recognized with Substance Use Disorders (SUD), therefore habit care should be bolstered so as to keep away from issues of SUD and COVID-19.
“Reducing the demand for illicit medication within the society relies upon to a big extent on the profitable therapy of present drug customers. This truth accounts for the shift in international drug coverage viz the therapy of drug issues as a public well being difficulty.
“Consequently, we have operationalised our standard practice and policy guidelines, a treatment and rehabilitation document developed in conjunction with UNODC. The document, like a field manual, provides synergy among our counsellors and further boosts our capability at treatment and rehabilitation.”