The Police Community Relations Committee has partnered the Nigeria Policing Programme to sensitise schools on the dangers of drug abuse and anti-cultism, in commemoration of the World Drug Abuse Day.
The programme, held at Oriwu College, Ikorodu, Lagos, drew no fewer than 400 pupils from 56 schools in the town.
A clinical psychiatrist, Dr. Afolabi Temitayo, while speaking on the evils in abusing drugs, said the menace was no longer a teen issue as young people below the teen years were now involved in the habit.
“No drug abuser plans to get addicted, kill his parents or drop out of school, they find themselves there only to see that they are trapped. So, not starting at all or stopping now is the solution to drug abuse. All of these drugs have medicinal use, but it is the over-use that is an abuse. The fact that a drug is legal does not make it safe,” he noted.
A Director of Mirabel Centre, an NGO, Mrs. Joy Shokoya, spoke about the consequences of peer pressure, as she urged the pupils to make friends that encouraged them to do positive things.
She said, “When the pupils move with good friends, their character will be developed in making right choices. They will excel in their academics. But if they follow bad friends, they will find themselves indulging in social vices which may cut their lives short. As a result, as long as you have friends, there will be pressure. But you have to deal with it by having self-control, confidence and hanging out with people who gear you towards positivity.”
The Commander, Rapid Respose Squad, Lagos State, ACP Olatunji Disu, who spoke on ‘Crime, Your Choices and Your Future’, said pupils would gain nothing in crime and that the best decision they would ever make for their future was to take a stand against cultism, drug abuse and other social vices.
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