330,000 Edo per­sons liv­ing with drug abuse prob­lems

The Punch - - NEWS - Sola Shittu, Benin

EDO State Com­mis­sioner for Health, Dr Pa­trick Okun­dia, on Wed­nes­day, dis­closed that 350,000 were liv­ing with drug abuse prob­lems in the state, ac­cord­ing to United na­tions Of­fice on Drugs and Crime.

Okun­dia, who dis­closed this while un­veil­ing a bill­board on drug abuse at Ring Road round­about in Benin, said as a re­sult, the Edo State Drug Con­trol Com­mit­tee had de­cided to carry out elab­o­rate drug con­trol pro­grammes to dras­ti­cally re­duce the preva­lence rate.

“A sur­vey con­ducted by the United na­tions Of­fice on Drugs and Crime drug abuse preva­lence in the coun­try is 14.4 per cent while that of Edo State is 15 per cent cor­re­spond­ing to 330,000 per­sons that have drug abuse prob­lem. As a re­sult, the com­mit­tee has de­cided to carry out elab­o­rate drug con­trol pro­grammes to dras­ti­cally re­duce the preva­lence rate.

“The en­tire con­cept is tar­geted at cap­tur­ing the at­ten­tion of youths who are most vul­ner­a­ble and the gen­eral pub­lic on the sub­ject of drug abuse. Prime lo­ca­tions like the Kings Square, Ra­mat Park and Air­port road have been cho­sen for the first phase of the sen­si­ti­sa­tion,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to Okun­dia, un­veil­ing the bill­board marked the com­mence­ment of a mas­sive sen­si­ti­sa­tion cam­paign tagged ‘Stop Drug Abuse in Edo State.’

He added, “The cam­paign is very timely be­cause we are ap­proach­ing the end of year fes­tive sea­son where peo­ple are tempted to in­dulge to a fault. it is im­per­a­tive there­fore to re­flect on the mes­sage con­tent of the bill­boards.”

One of the bill­boards con­tained a quote from the Gov­er­nor, God­win Obaseki, which says, “Let’s talk about drug abuse and pro­tect the fu­ture lead­ers from de­struc­tion”.

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