Ogun is the worst state in drug abuse in South West, Health Commissioner laments
The Commissioner for Health in Ogun state ,Dr. Tomi Coker on Thursday , raised the alarm over the alarming rate of drug abuse among youths in the state.
She complained that the prevalence in Ogun state is 17 per cent out of about 23 per cent in the South West ,which she described as alarming that needed an urgent intervention .
The state Commissioner stated this while addressing journalists at a press briefing, held in Abeokuta ,to mark United Nations Anti-Drug Day celebration .
Coker's concern was hinged on the 2018 survey by the United Nations' Office on Drugs and Crime Committee which ranked Ogun State as the worst in the prevalence of drug abuse in the South West.
Speaking on the theme of this year Anti-Drug day, "better knowledge for better care ", Coker urged the stakeholders to support the governmts in the fight against drug abuse .
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She lamented that the problem of drug abuse has taken a worrisome dimension particularly among the youth .
She said "globally ,35 million people are estimated to suffer from drug use disorders according to the United Nations Office on drugs and crime survey 2018.
" In the South West geopolitical zone, the prevalence of drug abuse is 22.4 per cent of the population in the South West.
"The prevalence in Ogun state is 17 per cent . This figure is alarming needs urgent intervention ."
Coker said the drugs the youths are abused in the state and other parts of the country include ; alcohol ; Nicotine ; Kolanut ; Marijuana ; codeine ; heroin and tramadol .
While expatiating on the survey ,the Chairman, Ogun State Drug Control/Committe, Olufemi Fafiolu said the South West which comprises Ogun, Osun, Ondo, Oyo, Lagos and Ekiti states, had no fewer than 4,382,000 drug addicts.
Speaking on the impact of drug addiction in the country, Fafiolu claimed that almost 78 per cent of crimes in the country were committed under the influence of drugs.
He said, “Drug abuse poses security threat to the citizens. It is the reason for kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, gangsterism, cultism and prostitution.
“One out of seven persons has used drugs in year 2017 with the age range between 15 and 64 years.
“More worrisome is the involvement of women in drug and substance abuse.”