As Ogun State Government takes its drug abuse campaign to secondary schools in Ijebu Zone, students have been charged to stay away from hard drugs and other unhealthy practices that could jeopardise their future.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye while underscoring the purpose of the campaign, held at Adeola Odutola College, Ijebu- Ode, said the Drug Free Club Outreach put in place by the State Drug Abuse Control Committee (OSDACC), in collaboration with National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), was meant to discourage secondary school students from drug abuse.
Ipaye who was represented by the State Director, Pharmaceutical Services, and Chairman, OSDACC, Pharmacist Olufemi Fafiolu, urged students at the programme to desist from taking drugs that could affect their physical and mental wellbeing, adding that drugs such as Cannabis, Anabolic, Nicotine among others, would not only destroy their ambitions but may also lead to untimely death.
‘’You are all very brilliant students, without seeing your report sheets, I can say that the set of students we have here are very brilliant and someone should now tell me, do you want to sacrifice a great future ahead of you for a puff of marijuana? Do you want to sacrifice your being a Pharmacist, your being an Engineer, your being a Lawyer for a puff of cocaine, so what are we saying here? Say no to drug,’’ he said.
The Principal Staff Officer, Drug Demand Reduction, NDLEA, Mrs. Eucharia Ekwu, in her lecture titled ‘’Drug Abuse and Its Consequences,’’ described drug abuse as, not only using hard drugs, but also when drugs are used without prescription by a medical personnel, as well as, when prohibited by law, adding that such could lead to brain damage, depression, inappropriate anger, hostility, reduction in self discipline, hallucination, among others.
While enjoining parents and guardians to be sensitive to the behaviours of their wards, the Drug Enforcement Officer urged them to monitor the kind of company they keep and guide them against exposure to hard drugs.