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Spike in crime rate linked to drug abuse – Agency

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THE high intake of narcotics and other psychotropic substances has been listed as the major factor responsible for the increased rate of criminality in society.

  National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Commander in Oyo State, Josephine Obi stated this while celebrating this year’s International Day Against Drug and Trafficking at the secretariat, Ibadan on Friday.

  Mrs Obi noted that though the command was working effectively against drug abuse and trafficking but the support of community, traditional and religious leaders would go a long way in eradicating the act.

  Mrs Obi added that NDLEA had embarked on series of campaigns through media and visits to schools, markets and rural areas to bring home the message about the negative effects of drugs on individual and the nation at large.

  Corroborating this, Commissioner for Health in Oyo State, Bashir Bello said with the COVID-19 pandemic, the wrong usage or overdose of drugs may trigger severe conditions on people’s health.

  Dr Bello noted that the state government had partnered different stakeholders to ensure that the issue of drug abuse, especially among youths became a thing of the past.

  The Health Commissioner therefore called on parents and guardians to always monitor the movements of their wards and kids to support the government in the fight against drug abuse.

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