Drug Education

Over the years, the world has focused so much on sex education and it has formed part of the school curriculum, however, drug education has been neglected and all over the world, Drug abuse is causing serious concern to both individuals and government.

The problem is prevalent among adolescents who in most cases are ignorant about the dangers inherent in drug abuse. The social, economic and health implications of drug abuse are so huge that we cannot continue to treat the
matter with levity.

Drug education would tell young people about the true effects and consequences of taking drugs like alcohol, marijuana and prescription pills. The same principles and goals of sex education should be applied to drug education. Youth need to be provided honest drug education that will keep them safe.

A recent report by the United Nations’ Office on Drugs and Crime states that around 230 million people or five per cent of the world’s population (aged 15 to 64) are estimated to have used an illicit drug. In West Africa, including Nigeria, cannabis is said to be the most abused drug. We have reasons to fear for our future if this is what life has come to for a significant part of the next generation.

According to Hajiya Fatima Abdulrahman, first female President of the All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS).”@Until we have a law in place in the society on drug abuse and misuse, you will see youths taking drugs. So government should enact a law that can take care of this aspect. And schools have to take the issue of indiscipline seriously.”

Many youth engaged in drug abuse out of frustration, poverty, lack of parental supervision, peer influence and pleasure. However, with effective drug education and counseling programme, the problems can be tackled.

Written by

Uwana ESSIENETTE

Communications specialist


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