Effects of Drug Abuse
Drug abuse has been defined as the wrong or excessive use of alcohol or illegal drugs, including prescription or over-the-counter drugs with negative consequences.
Drug abuse has so many negative effects. The following are some of the effects of drug abuse:
- Sleep Change
- Decreased Memory
- Decreased brain-based skills and ability
- Problem with breathing and effective function of the heart
- Excessive smoking can lead to chest pain
- Drug abuse sometimes lead to death
- Drug abuse can lead to physical and psychological dependency
- Excessive drug intake can make a person go insane or develop mental problem
- It can lead to accident
Measures for Preventing Drug Abuse
Drug Abuse can be Prevented Taking the Following Measures
- Avoid negative peer pressure, and don’t be afraid to say NO.
- Be open to your parents and teachers
- Follow the Family Rules About Alcohol and Drugs
- Know about drug abuse and their causes
- The mass media should help to make advert on the effect of drug abuse through the television, radio, newspaper and all other media.
- Guardians, parents and teachers can also help in inculcating good morals into their young children.
- The government should work with international agencies to combat and fight against drug abuse and all related situations.
- Get help: If you or someone you know is in trouble with alcohol or drugs, get help. Talk to your parent, school counselor or a Doctor.
Government Agency Preventing Drug Abuse In Nigeria
The agency in charge of discouraging and reducing hard drug in Nigeria is the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)
National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) is a Federal agency in Nigeria charged with eliminating the growing, processing, manufacturing, selling, exporting, and trafficking of hard drugs. The agency was established by Decree Number 48 of January 1990. The NDLEA is present in international airports, seaports and border crossing. It tries to eradicate cannabis by destroying plantings. The NDLEA also targets the leaders of narcotics and money laundering organisations