Drug abuse is more prevalent in the South-west — NDLEA boss . . The Chairman, Na…


Drug abuse is more prevalent in the South-west — NDLEA boss
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The Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig.-Gen Buba Marwa (retired), has disclosed that about 14.4 per cent of Nigerians between the ages of 16 and 64 are using drugs.
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He said this was three times the global average, noting that zonally, the southwest part of the country had the worst prevalence in the use of illicit substances.
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“The prevalence in the South-West geo-political zone is 22.4 per cent. Oyo State in particular is 23 per cent. This is followed by the South-South with the prevalence of 16.6 per cent and the South-East 14.8 per cent.
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This is followed by the North-East with 18.6 per cent, North-West 12 per cent and North-Central 10 per cent. Kano has a prevalence of 16 per cent. This rate is very high considering its population,” he said.
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Marwa also called on parents and other stakeholders to demand a drug-free certificate as a requisite for marriage.



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