Despite increased efforts to control the consumption or trafficking of illicit drugs, increasing number of youths around the globe are said to be embracing illicit drugs by the day. What could be a miss? Why are the young ones going for uncontrolled drug? What could be the missing link?


LISTEN FIRST. Yes, we need to listen more to the young ones; get to understand the issues at stake from their own perspective.

The United Nations (UN) together with the United Nations Office On Drug Crime (UNODC), discovered that the world was not listening enough to the youths. This discovery prompted the theme of this year’s commemoration of this international day against drug and illicit drug abuse. The theme is “LISTEN FIRST”. Listening to children and youths is the first thing to help them grow healthy and safe. Tomorrow, the attention and the ear of the world would be tuned to the youths; to the drug stories from their own perspective.


June 26th is observed annually since 1989 as the international day against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking. The day represents the expression of the commitments of governments to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.
The actions earmarked for this year’s celebration include,
• To listen more to youths,
• Increase support for the prevention of drug abuse,
• ‎Set up actions to suppress the demand and supply; reduction of illicit drugs,
• ‎To improve access to controlled medicines while preventing diversion, and also
• ‎ To address the problem of new psycho-active substances.
You might be sad to know that, in Nigeria, that the age of first use of illicit drug among the youths is put at 10 years. The world’s drug report lament the alarming rate of drug abuse among the youths, traced the most affected age range to between 13 to 35 years.
Everyday, over 500,000 bottles of codeine are consumed by young Nigerian in the same alarming manner that tramadol, refnol, marijuana, and other opioids are consumed. Some had even degenerated to the level of sniffing pit-latrines just to get high.


By 2017, the world’s drug report put to death emanating from drug abuse annually to 190,000 people while some 27,000,000 are hooked on the drugs. Another 1,600,000 who injects drugs were said to be living with HIV. This picture is not too good.

Listen first!!!

• Do you create time for your children; find out their affairs and problems?

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From a report, the use of drug has always been an inseparable part of cultism and the youths in Nigerian tertiary institutions. They are deeply involved in this practice.

There are two aspect of dangers associated with the use of drugs:

  • The risk of addiction
  • Adverse health and behavioral consequences

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Driving from the definition of drug abuse, drug can be classified into two major categories:

  • legally approved and acceptable drugs and
  • Illegal or legally disapproved drugs and people abuse the two.


The factors that are responsible for the increase in rate of drug abuse among the youths are:

Peer Influence:

The Anambra State Chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Nonso Okeke, stated while speaking on Raypower Radio Network’s current affairs program “FACTFILE”, that many youths engage in drug not because they feel it is important or they have personal needs for it. But, just because their friends is doing it; they want to be involved.


“Some people takes drug because they psychologically believe it would give them the power or strength to work harder. And they keep doing it.” The Chairman added.


Mr Nonso Okeke continued, “When a young person lacks the basic economic power, he/she tends to do anything just to while away time. Such as smoking, sniffing, etc.”

Show off:

Baba Fryo, a popular musician in Nigeria, stopped taking weed and other related substances. Told an entertainment news platform, Sunday Scoop that foolhardiness is what makes artistes abuse drugs and alcohol.

Baba Fryo is a Nigerian Ghetto singer from Ajegunle, Lagos, Nigeria

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He said, “To me, it is just stupidity for one to abuse anything or take hard drugs because I don’t see benefit. Anyone who takes hard drugs is just ‘donating’ madness to him or herself. Most of these young guys indulge in these things because they either want to show off or are influenced by their friends.”


The solutions are through two ways, themselves and the leaders.

• ‎ Themselves: They need to know that there is no life in drugs.
• Leaders: It involves the government, family heads, religious personalities, etc. Government should pay less emphasis on punishment and focus more on rehabilitation.

The executive chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Rtd. Col. Mustafa Abdullah, responds to the problem among the youths which is due to negligence on our part.

Executive chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Rtd. Col. Mustafa Abdullah,

He said, “… the youths has different standard they are advocating. The family unit we used to hold in high esteem appears to be loosing it’s stake. Because, parents are no longer available for their children.”

The government officials comes out on media but people that are involved are in the ghettos, slum, shanties, all over not even listening to radio.

He continued, “… At least we have succeeded in doing something. Not like before, pretending as if drug abuse in Nigeria does not exists.”

The NDLEA chairman affirms that the enabling acts were built on,
• Stopping of the availability of drugs
• Rehabilitation of victims of drug abuse

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Some celebrities especially the music stars promote and influence some youth especially their fans. I have heard some saying weed and cracks gives them inspiration. these youths also want to get inspiration, and so resort to drugs

— Uyi Asemota (@Asemed2) June 25, 2018

Thanks to Anambra State chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (N.Y.C.N.), Okeke Nonso and the chairman of the NDLEA, Rtd. Colonel Mustafa Abdullah.

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