MINISTER of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq has complained that the continuous abuse of drugs has led to a situation of drug addiction and criminality in the society.

Speaking in Abuja at a National Awareness on Drugs and Substance Abuse, Farouk said it was worrisome that there was at least one case of a drug addict in most families across the country.

She, however, said the use of a drug to cure an illness, prevent a disease or improve health was termed ‘drug use,’ but when a drug is taken for reasons other than medical, in an amount, strength, frequency, or manner that causes damage to the physical or mental functioning of an individual, it becomes ‘drug abuse.”

According to her, the continuous abuse of drugs has led to a situation of drug addiction and criminality while the addict continues to developing bondage to the drugs, meanwhile, the effects of drug abuse are detrimental not only to the individual but to society as a whole. Yet this problem is on the increase, especially in the conflict zones of the country which is a serious threat to our national sanctity, based on these findings, prevention advocates would look to the mass media as an important aid in addressing the problem of drugs and Substance abuse.

She stressed that substance abuse was increasing at an alarming rate, causing serious threats to every nation,  by deteriorating health, increasing crimes, hampering productivity, destroying relationships, eroding social and moral values, and impeding the overall progress of societies.

Farouk decried that young people were becoming the largest hostage of the threat of substance abuse and their vulnerability was increasing gradually in society.

She said, “the ministry is saddled with a mandate to effectively coordinate National and International Humanitarian interventions, national emergencies and disasters, as they affect the person of concern as well as to formulate and implement humanitarian and social policies initiated several programs and activities towards improving living standards of the target group to ensure a society devoid of drugs abuse.”

The minister, therefore, called on the media to help inform and educate people across groups and demographics on the dangers of drugs and substance abuse in society.


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