Drug abuse, a tendency among the youths

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Youth drug abuse: Lagos Assembly tasks parents on vigilance

By Adeparua Damilola

THE rate at which drug abuse is on rampage in the society these days is quite alarming and it is seen in every nook and corner of every society. Though it is not limited to the youths alone, it is more rampant among the youths.

It is promoted by the movie and music industries due to the fact that hardly can one watch a movie without finding scenes where drugs are being  abused. Musicians also abuse drugs  to conquer stage fright and suppress stress. These days, some youths are found in broad day light abusing drugs on the streets while many of them have become mentally unstable because of the act.

Latest global estimates indicate that about 5.5 per cent of the population aged between 15 and 64 years have used drugs at least once in the past year, while 36.3 million people, or 13 per cent of the total number of persons who use drugs, suffer from drug use disorders. In Nigeria, with 14.4 per cent the drug use prevalence is significantly higher than the global average.

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