Lagosians Consume Over 100 Bags Of Indian Hemp Daily – Report

Lagosians Consume Over 100 Bags Of Indian Hemp Daily – Report

The use of restricted drugs or substances and trafficking in them have undoubtedly gained notoriety among some Nigerian youths, with many being caught in the web of its negative consequences. DAILY NIGERIAN reports.

According to DAILY NIGERIAN, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, defines drug trafficking as an illicit trade involving cultivation, manufacture, distribution, and sale of restricted substances.

Drug abuse is the use of illegal drugs or the use of prescription or over-the-counter drugs for purposes other than those for which they are meant to be used, or in excessive amounts.

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In Nigeria, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, established by Decree 48 of 1989, is charged with eliminating growing, processing, manufacturing, selling, exporting, and trafficking hard drugs. Information Guide Nigeria

According to NDLEA, any drug with psychotropic effects is listed as restricted.

Some of the prohibited substances in the NDLEA Schedule are cannabis Sativa, heroin, cocaine, codeine, tramadol, metaphetamine, Rohypnol, extol 5, diazepam and ephedrine.

These drugs are considered to be of high psychotropic effects and are restricted in usage.

Unfortunately, many more youths appear to have found solace in the use of hard drugs for personal and commercial gains.

According to counsel to NDLEA, Lagos State command, Jeremiah Aernan, the rate of hard drug abuse by youths has become alarming.

Also, Mr Aernan calls for collective efforts in tackling the menace. jamb results

He blames the ugly trend partly on the influence of social media.

“Distribution of hard drugs has currently been enhanced by social media as there are now online dealers of drugs.

“So, you find that once these youths need drugs, they simply put an order online just the same way one places an order for online shopping items.

“Investigation reveals that these hard drugs are sold with coded names”.

“They could say I want to buy pencil and the dealer knows what they are referring to; so you see that the social media has, in no small measure, facilitated trafficking of these drugs”.

“Unemployment is another cause of drug peddling. Many people have taken drug trafficking as a business; so, it now goes beyond its use to the commercial benefits derived.

“If you check the volume of hemp consumed daily in Lagos alone, you find that it is more than 100 bags.

“So, if someone selling hemp can make a profit of N3,000 or more per day, do you think such a person will wish to stop?”.

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