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One In Every 6 Persons In Kano State Is A Drug Addict — Nigerian Anti-Drug Abuse Agency

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The Chairman of the Nationwide Drug Legislation Enforcement Company (NDLEA), Buba Marwa says Kano state has about two million drug addicts, representing 16 per cent prevalence.

Marwa made the disclosure on Monday when he paid a courtesy go to to the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.



“In Kano State, drug abuse prevalence is 16 per cent; that’s, in each six individuals, one is a drug addict and they’re between the ages of 15 years and 64 years.

“Kano State has shut to 2 million drug customers abusing tramadol, codeine and different cough syrups, relatively than hashish.

“I’ll like to say right here that since I assumed management of NDLEA in January, we’ve seized over two million kilogrammes of various medication, estimated at billions of naira.

“Eight thousand individuals have been arrested and 1,600 are actually serving jail phrases in correctional service services, and we’re nonetheless working.

“Drug abuse has gone to the extent of destroying our households until is tackled with all seriousness it deserves,’’ he stated.

Based on him, the usage of medication fuels legal actions starting from banditry, to kidnapping and armed theft, amongst others.
 
He stated NDLEA was comfy that Kano State authorities was a worthy accomplice in tackling drug abuse.

Marwa urged the state authorities to make laws that will stop politicians from giving medication to youths.

He additionally urged the federal government to make laws on obligatory drug abuse check for intending {couples}, additionally as a part of measures to battle towards drug abuse.

Ganduje stated, “Being industrial centre, some use that chance to site visitors medication and you recognize we’ve the worldwide airport, railway and roads that hyperlink to many states.

“So, Kano discover itself in a weak scenario.”

He added that the state has a coverage of testing commissioners and everlasting secretaries for drug use earlier than appointment in order to cut back the speed of drug abuse within the state.

Ganduje stated his authorities would relocate professional drug sellers to a market as a part of efforts to examine drug abuse and trafficking.

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