By Obeten Godfrey
A drug counsellor and sociologist, Dr. Veronica Undelikwuo, has advised that only holistic sensitization can reduce the high rate of drug abuse in Cross River State and the country at large.
Dr. Veronica made the assertion on Episode 94 of “The Dialogue With Agba Jalingo,” Sunday 6-7pm on Hit 95.9 Fm, Calabar.
The retired NDLEA staff said one of the reasons people indulge in drugs is due to frustration, peer pressure, unemployment, isolation and wrong association.
She maintained that if there is adequate sensitization about the effects and dangers of drug abuse, there will be reduction of drug cases in the country; pointing out that the family has a key role to play in ensuring that these negative societal menace is been nipped in the bud.
“Charity begins at home, the family is the first center of socialisation; and so families and parents should endeavor to sensitize their children on the effects and dangers of drug abuse.” The University of Calabar lecturer said.
Dr. Veronica also said that “The media has a key role to play in the sensitization process, because it can reach a large number of people, but the family must play its part.”
The Federal Government had recently placed a ban on the use and importation of codeine, a situation which has drawn mixed reactions from the public.
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