How COVID-19 has worsened drug abuse in Nigeria – NDLEA

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (Rtd.) says the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the abuse of medication in the nation.

Abdullah, in an announcement to commemorate the 2020 International Day in opposition to drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking, in Abuja, stated there by no means has been a time worse for drug-dependent individuals.

He stated as medicine of alternative turned scarce in the course of the lockdown, elevated experimentation with newer concoctions solely aggravated the issue.


He stated probabilities of newer types of dependancy hitherto unknown might come up.

Abdallah famous that there could be a rise in withdrawal syndrome for customers resulting from a lower in the provision chain on account of the lockdown.

He stated drug trafficking was not abating in the course of the lockdown.

“They continued with their nefarious commerce however COVID-19,” he stated.

The NDLEA boss identified that ignorance has been discovered to be a serious obstacle militating in opposition to the struggle in opposition to drug abuse.

He stated the absence of knowledge, misinformation, and outright disinformation has performed out various levels in this downside.

“Effective responses to the extant downside require many extra and various hands-on deck-policy makers, NGOs, CSOs, Corporate World, Community Leaders, Religious Leaders, Educators in any respect ranges and more and more service suppliers. All of this numerous assemblage of teams should work collectively to grasp drug problems are a multifactor well being situation. The UN Outcome Document of 2016 places its stamp of authority on that. Summarily, it’s a health-related situation desirous of compassion and assist, slightly than an ethical stigma to be punished.


“Drug use problems are a results of a fancy interaction of things together with genetics, psychological well being, and the setting amongst others. This is why caregivers should be adequately educated and right here the capability to work with weak and drug-dependent individuals. Mere sloganism is not going to wash,” he stated.

He stated this 12 months’s Commemoration encourages all to get entangled in the marketing campaign in opposition to the illicit consumption and used of medication not administered by Clinicians.


He stated the NDLEA has stored religion with its mandate assiduously as Cannabis cultivation has continued to draw their instant consideration as a result of it’s the most generally abused substance in Nigeria.

Abdallah stated in the 12 months ending 2019, a complete of 310.1 tons of Cannabis have been seized and destroyed publicly.

“All collectively for that 12 months, 612, 903.484 kilograms of medication have been seized. The arrest figures stand at 9,444 of drug-related offenders. A complete of 1,195 convictions have been recorded, whereas 795 drug-dependent individuals have been recommended,” he stated.

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