United Nations Office on Drug and Crime said in its 2020 report that more than 35.9 million people suffer from drug use disorders globally.
Abubakar Danraka, Chairman, Abuja Branch of the Association of Hospital Administration Pharmacists of Nigeria, quoted UNODC reporting.
Danraka made this known in a statement commemorating the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Abuja on Saturday.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Day, also known as World Drug Day, commemorated annually on June 26, has as its 2020 theme: Better Knowledge for Better Care.
The day is set aside globally to commemorate the campaign and raise awareness on the dangers of drug abuse and its illicit trafficking.
Danraka, quoting UNODC latest report, said adolescents and young adults account for the largest share of those using drugs.
According to him, of the 11 million people who inject drugs, half of them are living with Hepatitis C, and 1.4 million with HIV.
The chairman then appealed to parents and guardians to dedicate qualitative time to young adults for good mentoring and adequate parenting so as to nip in the bud any signs of drug misuse and abuse at homes and schools.
He advocated that full wrath of the state should be meted on the illicit drug merchants, dealers, hawkers, peddlers and traffickers abound in our communities under different guises.
He said this years theme was specifically aimed at improving the understanding of the drug problem from knowledge perspective, backed by reliable evidential data on what the real picture is.