Centre seeks drug education in schools

FOR a collective fight against drug abuse and trafficking, drug education should be included in the primary and secondary schools academic curricula.

Making the call at a public enlightenment forum to mark the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking over the weekend, the coordinator of Okposi Development Centre in Ebonyi State, Magnus Eze, said the global war against illicit drugs would make significant impact only if demand is drastically reduced.

According to him, “this could be achieved by providing accurate information on the negative socio-economic effects of substance abuse, bringing about behavioural change.”

Also, community support is important in “prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and acceptance” of addicts, while teenagers particularly need to be equipped with adequate information about effects of substance abuse.

Eze, who is also the founder of the non-governmental Mezie Okposi, which champions ethical revival in the state, urged all hands on deck to ensure that young people stay off illicit drugs.

While urging elderly people to become good role models, he charged families, schools, civil societies and faith-based organisations to assist in ridding the communities of banned drugs.

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