Jide Taiwo who made the first disclosure, alleged that there is a generation of drug-crazed, criminal-minded young people, growing in Bariga area of Lagos State. His tweet read;
I spent hours in the heart of Bariga today. Brothers and sisters, we have a generation of drug-crazed, criminal-minded young people on our hands. And we’re not doing jackshit about it
The tweet led to new disclosure on ‘drug abuse’ by young people in Lagos mainland and Island.
Recall that following a recent documentary on prevalent Codeine abuse by young Nigerians the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the Federal Government placed a ban on cough syrups that contain Codeine. Also, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) called on the Nigerian government to arrest the increasingly widespread use of pharmaceutical drugs among the country’s youths. The call was made in a memorandum sent to the National Assembly. Dated 26 March. The memo said available evidence shows that Tramadol and Codeine are the most abused pharmaceutical substances.
NAN spoke to some drug abusers in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and according to them, depression, financial instability and peer pressure were some of the reasons for their addiction to some substances.
Why they do it
The younger respondents stated that they took to the habit due to increased peer pressure, adding that it increased their level of acceptance by helping them blend into desired societal groups.
How they abuse drugs
They listed Marijuana, Cocaine, Refnol and Codeine as constantly abused drugs, with Alcohol, Gins, soft drinks and Spirits acting as mixers for the drugs.
On the ban
Respondents said that banning Codeine would have minor effect on drug abuse prevalence; alleging that it would increase the ‘black market’ value of the drug substance.