Hard drugs: NDLEA counsels parents in Apapa
The Apapa Area Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA ) in Lagos State has advised parents to monitor their children and wards more against hard drug intake.
The Area Commander, Mr Ameh Inalegwu, gave the advice on Thursday at a sensitization program in Apapa. He also advised parents to spend more time with their children to know their friends and monitor their activities.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the program was part of the command’s activities to commemorate the 2022 International Day against Drug Abuse and Trafficking. “The UN set aside every June 26 to commemorate the day.
The UN has asked all segments of society to adopt actions to sensitize their immediate communities about the dangers of drug abuse and trafficking. “The theme for this year’s commemoration is: “Addressing Drug Challenges in Health and Humanitarian Crises”.
Inalegwu decried the high rate of illicit drug consumption in Apapa and urged parents to guard against their children becoming illicit drug users or traffickers. He said that NDLEA would continue to develop strategies to fish out illicit drug users and traffickers.
The Traditional Ruler of Apapa, Chief Akeem Ogbara, told NAN on the sidelines that the community was battling with hard drug consumption. He said,” The community has longed for this sensitization and we want it to continue.”
One of the participants, Mrs. Victoria Anya, urged the Federal Government to tackle pharmacists selling controlled drugs without prescription. According to Anya, many youths take controlled drugs in excess. He described the excessive intake as drug abuse.