Dr Lydia Bassey, a general physician at Wuse District Hospital, Abuja, has tasked government and private organisations to engage more youths in gainful employment to reduce the menace of drug abuse in the country.
Bassey made the call in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja, stressing that
employment opportunities would help to curb drug abuse among youths.
She said if youths were engaged, the menace would drastically reduce.
The physician, who commended government’s effort toward massive employment of the teeming youths through the N-power and other programmes, urged it, and other private organisations to do more.
She urged government to impose stringent control in handling of drugs, as well as strengthening the nation’s security apparatus.
She added that “this is important, so that those who import harmful substance will be apprehended and be made to face the wrath of the law.”
The physician also urged stakeholders, including ministries, agencies and relevant organisations to work toward curbing the menace.
Bassey said parents and teachers could help to build social life skills of children and adolescent to help them cope with everyday challenges.
“The adolescent needs counselling and psycho-social support at home and in school to help him or her with everyday challenges without having to resort to drugs.”
She noted that recently, the menace of harmful use of drugs like heroine, codeine and tramadol among adolescents had taken a worrying dimension, emphasising that measures must be taken to tackle the matter.