The challenges of drug abuse have continued to have alarming and
damaging consequences on the general health and social life of the
individual, family and indeed the society at large. The multifaceted scourge
and danger of drug abuse cannot be quantified, and therefore quite
worrisome to all, hence requires taclking both proactively and reactively to
Confronting and fighting the danger of drug abuse and illicit drug addiction
certainly needs an all-round concerted effort and approach. Sensitization
and enlightenment are strategically critical in addressing this ‘monster’
called drug abuse.
The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control
(NAFDAC) has always played a frontline role in confronting the menace and
numerous health challenges of drug abuse. In carrying out this all-
important task, NAFDAC-NYSC/ CDS group recently rolled out a door-to-
NATIONAL AGENCY FOR FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION AND CONTROL
door sensitization campaign visit to Shettima Ali Monguno IDPs camp
(which hosts displaced persons from Baga, Kukawa, Abadam & Marte) in
Maiduguri, the Borno State capital with a view to creating the desired
mindset towards a more positive attitudinal change and departure from
drug abuse and drug addiction.
According to the State Coordinator, NAFDAC (Borno State), Mr. Nasiru
Mato, the effect of drug abuse depends largely on the substance of abuse;
but in general it could bring about brain and mental issues, weak immune
system, lung, liver, kidney diseases, high body pressure, heart disease,drug
resistance among others.
Mr. Mato, cautioned on self-prescription because of its consequences,
while urging all to ensure purchase of drugs from registered authorized
He further challenged parents to continually monitor their children and provide
them with all the necessary parental care that will take them away from antisocial
activities and move them towards good health habits for National development.
Both camp residents and officials in turn applauded the effort of NAFDAC in
getting them informed.