C’River State govt takes campaign against drug abuse to public schools, seek end to Narcotic drug abuse

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Drugs will destroy your destiny.

The need to boost anti-drug war received impetus on Tuesday as  Cross River State Government through the State  Drug Control Committee with the support of NDLEA began what it calls school to school campaign aimed at capturing students in secondary and tertiary institutions in the state before they get involved in drugs. The train started at Pinn Margaret Secondary School, Calabar.

Speaking, Cross River State Commissioner for Health Dr Inyang Asibong lamented the number of school students now involved in illicit drug abused in the State and country at large. She said this informed the need to start the awareness campaign in Public Schools.  She call on students across the State to shun drug abuse as they are the leaders of today and not tomorrow and as such leaders don’t engage on such practices.

She noted that with consistent addiction to drugs abuse it can lead them to failure and frustrate their potentials in the society. According to her some students miss exams, test and classes due to drug abuse.

Director General of Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu warn the students about the impact of drug abuse which is a stigma of a morally bankrupt, decadent and wasted generation that must be collectively salvaged together in order to prevent the total loss of their societal values and ideals.

She said there are different kinds of drugs including the hard drugs and the prescribed drugs. “When you abuse any of them, it becomes drug abuse. When we talk of drug abuse, it is the hard drugs that including cocaine, weed, combine acohol drinks among others and when we talk about prescribed drugs we mean codeine, tramadol even though it’s meant for medication some of you take high doses & use it for something else which is very dangerous to the health. She said no matter the depression and situation in life, the only thing you should never resort to in life is narcotic drug abuse.

Earlier Speaking, the Superintendent of Narcotics,  National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mrs Augusta Igbokwe educated the students on the dangers and effect of taking cigarette, compress cannabis, combines, weeds and all sort of dangerous drugs including prescribed drugs like Codeine and tramadol. According to her threat of drugs is unbelievable. Drug tears families apart, scatter your brain and makes you weak academically and this illicit trade is driven by strong cartels who are only concerned about their selfish interest and as such you should not patronize them. She reminded them that Federal Government of Nigeria had warn that Smokers are liable to die young.

Students were taken through the practical aspect of dangerous drugs to avoid as the Principal of the School, Ntunkae (Mrs) Tina Effiok and Senior Girls Prefect Blessing Wisdom was thankful to the State Drug Control Committee for starting the campaign in their school while vowing to sustain the campaign in the school and ensure students stay away from narcotics drug. Part of the team to the campaign included the Pastor Dan Michael, Director Calapharms and other team members from NDLEA office amongst others.

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