By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The introduction of drug policy in schools has been advocated, as a means of putting a halt to the increasing menace of drug abuse and addiction.
An expert, Dr. Hasheem Saidu of Health and Happiness Foundation, Kaduna advocated this while delivering a lecture on Saturday at the TEWORH Sports and Skills Centre Fighting Drugs Abuse multi events, held at the Murtala Mohammed Square, Kaduna.
He said that drug policy is expected to check abuse of not just illicit drugs, but even those prescribed to treat ailments like malaria or headaches.
How many schools have drug policies? No child should be allowed to take any kind of drugs, not even paracetamol, within any school premises without supervision of staff nurses or their teachers, ” he stressed.
He explained that drug abuse starts when you start taking even prescribed drugs wrongly.
“Parents should also let the school know when their children or wards are going to school with prescribed drugs and the time they are to be administered. This should check abuse of drugs, not just illicit drugs.,” he said.
Speaking further, while highlighting risk factors that contribute to drug addiction, he said that parents should create bonds with their children.
“Preventing drug abuse starts from the home.
Anxiety can lead to depression and drug addiction. When your children don’t feel free to share what they are feeling with family team, they end up seeking advice elsewhere. If they fall into wrong hands, they may be introduced to drug as a temporary escape from anxiety,” he said.
He added that schools should also ensure the teachers bond with the students, to prevent depression and anxiety, other traits he explained that lead to drug addiction.
“The school is an important place to establish children with Good morals.
“Don’t leave children unguided because they can end up at the wrong places,” he advised.
He advised the children to avoid drugs if they want to have a bright future.
“Drug addiction and abuse ruin future ambitions.
How many of you want to be doctors like me or engineers? If you start taking illicit drugs, you may not realise your ambitions,” he warned.