By Kent Enwelikwu
Delta State Drug Control Committee has intensified awareness campaigns aimed at controlling the use of drugs and their abuses in the state.
The committee in an awareness campaign tour against drug abuse on Friday, visited Ochele Community, Umuezei Quarters by Allen in Asaba.
Revealing the purpose of the visit to the Obi of Ochele Community, the Director General, Delta State Drugs Control Committee, Pharmacist Helen Orie, appealed to the Obi to assist the committee in spreading the message against drug abuse considering the dangers associated with the practice and the consequences according to law to his subjects.
According to her, “drug abuse is dangerous”, saying that people now abuse many substances containing chemicals that they inhale, drink or inject into their bodies.
She noted that those that are abusing drugs are supposed future leaders, adding that “we don’t want them to waste away, that is why we are spreading the message so that the community will be free from drug abuse, likewise Asaba, Delta and the nation at large”.
Stating the implications of drug abuse to the youths, Pharmacist Orie said the federal government had observed and therefore, worried that the youths are being affected by using drugs negatively in society.
Speaking in the vein, Chris Owoeye listed excessive alcohol intake as a good example of drug abuse, saying it causes danger to one’s health and system and urged the youths to desist from abusing drugs.
In his response, the Obi of Ochele Community, Obi Chima Okonta noted that the awareness campaign against drug abuse is a good move by the state government and appealed to the committee to look beyond the street in its efforts to curb the menace to the barest minimum.
The Obi urged the government to also sensitize the system by way of doing what they preach in order to enable both state and federal governments to achieve their goal of riding the society of illicit and abuse of drugs, which usually lead to all manners of crimes and social vices bedevilling the society today.