Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr.Mrs Ipalibo Harry Banigo has advised Youths not to be involved in illicit Drug acts capable of jeopardizing their future.
According to Owupele Benebo, Head of Press in the Office of the Deputy Governor, Banigo gave this advice in a statement from the Government house in Port Harcourt on Sunday 27th June 2021, in commemoration of the 2021, International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
According to the Deputy Governor, the abuse of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, Hydrocodone, Cocaine and other drugs by youths come mostly from Peer influence, unbridled curiosity as well as a depressed mind set, adding that drug abuse increases the risk of psychological trauma, road crashes, sexual pervasiveness, frustration, failures and death.
Dr. Banigo said under the watch of Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike concerted efforts has been made to turn around the health sector which includes, upgrading and rehabilitation of General Hospitals, the Psychiatric Hospital, establishment of the College of Medicine at the Rivers State University , the Mother & Child Hospital, the construction of the Ultra –Modern Dr.Peter Odili Cardiovascular and Cancer Treatment Centre as well as Contributory Health Protection Programme .
The Harvard trained Public Health Physician who expressed the need for stake holder’s collaboration in the fight against drug abuse, insisted that parents must pay close attention to their children’s social activities, stressing that illicit drugs are key stimulants to the prevalent state of insecurity across the country
It would be recalled that the 26th of June has been set aside to celebrate the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The theme for this year is “Share Facts On Drugs Save Lives”.