Expert Advocates Introduction Of Drug Policy In Schools To Check Abuse

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The students while listening to the lecture from Dr. Hasheem.

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.

1 COMMENT

  1. Great paper presentation addressing a basic need of our society today haven’t been a teacher for twelve years I personally agreed with the motives of your vision and propos mission to become an intervening force to help chief school age over drug abuse and for those on one form of medication such as pediatric , teenage and young adults HIV care and treatment as well as adherence to drug timing and regiment will help a great deal also the place of Psychotherapy across board should not be Left out in the proposal for drug policy for schools.
    Thanks
    ADAH Amos Akoh
    Psychotherapist

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