Nigeria: NAFDAC Raises The Alarm Over High Rate Of Drug Addicts

By:Yabawa Ismaila Borno

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC raised the alarm over the high rate and prevalence of drug addicts in country.

The agency noted that Nigeria is leading in the five percent international coverage of drug abuse globally, lamenting that the country currently has 15 percent drug abuse rate.

The Director of Public Affairs, NAFDAC, Dr. Abubakar Ateiza Jimoh, made this revelation during a chat with journalists in Ilorin, Kwara State.

Jimoh said, the agency has an average conservative estimate of about 15 million people who are on drugs and three million of them can be conveniently called drug addicts.

The agency to conclude that the high level of violence, kidnapping, terrorism, armed robbery and even dangerous driving by some drivers are because of the high rate of drug abuse by some Nigerians.

The NAFDAC director, who is also a member of the 28-man Presidential Advisory Committee on Elimination of Drug Abuse headed by General Buba Marwa, said the committee had held series of dialogue sessions with various stakeholders on how to reduce, eradicate, if not, totally eliminate drug abuse in the country.

He said the committee would submit its findings and recommendations to the federal government next month for implementation.

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