drug abuse is the act of taking medicated drugs not prescribed by qualified medical practioners.it is rampant among the youths around the world.it is very alarming when we read in news,electronic and print media carrying the stories of drug abuse.it has to be arrested to prevent youths taking to the streets causing breakdown of law and order in the society.
- Unstable home environment, often due to drug abuse or mental illness of the parent
- A poor relationship with parents
- Use of drugs by friends / peers
- Permissive attitude towards their own drug use and the drug use of the adolescent
- Behavioral problems combined with poor parenting
- Poor achievement in school,and low self esteem
what can cause drug abuse?
effects of drug abuse include:
1.violence:it makes them to be aggressive and abusive to people thereby making them to constitute nuisance to the society making them security threat to the public.people get harassed by them when they act insane that is when they are not in their right frame of mind.this occur in workplaces,streets that are designated.also in motor parks.when passengers are boarding buses to take them to their places of work the youths harass them asking for money to feed themselves when they are not given money they threaten them with knife which causes fear in passengers they give them money to avoid being stabbed.
2.crime:many of them engage in arson,armed robbery,rape and murder. they invade homes with guns ,knives and machete they threaten to bring money or they will be killed on the spot in the presence of their loved ones without mercy.some of them get death threats on a regular basis.those women are traumatised .arson is high side among youths they burn houses and destroy shops,loot valuable items.and properties.leading to loss of lives and properties.
2.death :a lot of people have being killed by youths in recent times.among them are prominent politicians and businessmen.some of them are hired by rich men to kill and are rewarded with money for the” job well done”.and given political appointment. see story of final year university student who died smoking marijuana
3.thuggery;the youths are recruited as thugs by politicians to snatch ballot boxes at various polling booths across various wards in various local government areas across the country.political parties and their candidates are harassed by them to step down
solutions to drug abuse include,but are not limited to:
1.awareness:through mass media such as radio and television.talking about the effects of drug abuse and the harm they constitute among youths.they should be campaigns and banners with label on the issue of drug abuse.everyone is involved in the campaign through enlightenment.
2.counseling:guidance counselors are important in the reformation of youths to be citizens in the society.when they are counseled.they should be encouraged to speak up in order for their problems to be addressed and solved.as this will make them sober.and they will not go back to taking drugs.
3.rehabilitation:medical rehabilitation centers should be established across the country to accommodate them and cater for them.they need love,care and attention.the centers should be equipped with qualified psychiatrists and social workers to care for them.and provision of social amenities like light,water should be provided for them to bath them.and dress them.
4.employment:the youths should be employed in establishments to cater for themselves and their families to make them to contribute meaningfully to the society.to enhance their entrepreneurial skills as well as social and communication skills.
i believe this will tackle the problems and take the youths out of the streets and engaging them in meaningful ventures.