OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives on Thursday adopted a motion which urged the federal government to urgently declare a state of emergency on drug abuse in the country.
The motion also asked the executive to develop preventive strategies including demographically-targeted enlightenment campaigns against drug abuse.
The House also appealed for increased funding for the National Drug Law Enforcement  Agency (NDLEA) and other drug regulatory agencies and direct its relevant health institutions to develop new and improved treatment regimens to help people with substance abuse disorders recover and regain normal lives.
The House further called on government to establish functional rehabilitation centres that would have the status of specialist hospitals with psychiatrists, psychologists, toxicologists, professional councillors and other relevant experts.

The motion was sponsored by Mr. Francis Ottah Agbo (APGA, Benue) who expressed reservation over the level of drug abuse and the frequency and severity of crimes in society, including trans-border crimes, as a result of which a vicious circle of drugs-crimes.

He further noted that drug abuse and its effects are considered as a major challenge confronting teenagers and the youths globally, and it is now endemic in Nigeria among the youths which has made it not only scourge but a threat to public health and security of any nation as well as a pathway to contracting all kinds of diseases such as arrhythmias, irregular heartbeat, cramps, coma and even, untimely death.
In a unanimous decision, the House mandated its committees on Narcotic Drugs, Healthcare Services and Legislative Compliance to ensure implementation and report back in three months for further legislative action

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