By: Juliet Bada, Maiduguri.
The United Nations hasset aside 26th of June, every year as International Day against Drugs Abuse. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime assists Governments and other stakeholders to roll back threats caused by drugs, transnational organized crime and terrorism.
The theme for the 2020 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Traficking is “Better Knowledge for Better Care”.
It emphasizes the need to improve the understanding of the world drug problem and how in turn, better knowledge will foster greater international cooperation for countering its impact on health, governance and security.
UNODC encourages individuals, non-profit organizations, the private sector and Member States to get involved in its social media campaign to mark this day and invites them to draw on the resources provided in the social media campaign package.
In Borno state northeast Nigeria Medical doctors and mental health practitioners have called on government at all levels to make proper provision to intensify awareness creation to end the problems related to drug abuse hindering the life of young people in the state and the region.
A medical consultant at Federal Neuropsychiatric hospital Maiduguri Doctor Sadiq Pindar said, International Day Against Drug Abuse is set aside to create awareness on drug abuse and stop stigmatization on drug addicts in the society and called for more awareness creation campaigns and programs that will help in drastic reduction in drug abuse related cases in the country.