The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Bayelsa State Command, has arrested no fewer than 169 suspects between 2019 and 2020.
The state Commander of the NDLEA, Kopi Maulsei, said this in a statement in Yenagoa. His statement was in recognition of this year’s International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking themed, “Better Knowledge for Better Care”.
According to him, majority of the suspects were young adults and they consumed illicit substances. Their consumption was for the purpose of socialising and entertainment.
Maulsei said that from their arrests and seizures, the drugs are chiefly smuggled into the state by non-indigenes. Furthermore, he said that the drug smugglers come in, deliver their wares to pocket dealers and leave. This leaves the agency with the problem of managing drug dependence. Likewise, its resultant health and social issues such as armed robbery, cultism, rape, and kidnapping.
In addition, he appealed to the state government and multinational companies for assistance. Also, he noted that the command lacks operational vehicles and needs well-equipped rehabilitation centres to care for drug-dependent persons.
It is pertinent to note that drug addiction is a habit mostly common among the youths. At times, they get themselves involved because of peer pressure. Hence, it is advisable for parents to take proper care of their wards.
For a parent to take care of his or her ward, it goes beyond providing the basic needs of the child. However, it entails being there for the child at all times. For the teenagers, they should be properly monitored. Whatever habits we see in the society, it starts from the home.
Therefore, parents and guardians must assistant the NDLEA and help to reduce the rate of drug abusers. Nevertheless, it is pertinent to note that there is no excuse for drug abuse. Still, help must be rendered to those who needs it.