The leadership of the association, Brothers Across Nigeria (BAN) in Cross River State over the weekend held a one day symposium on drugs abuse and its vices in contemporary society.
The symposium which held in Ikom Local Government Area of the state on Saturday had as facilitator, Dr. Emmanuel Adams. Themed: “Dangers Of Substance Abuse”, the symposium was aimed at creating awareness of the dangers of drugs abuse as well as proffer tips to mitigating its consequences.
In attendance were the Division Police Officer (DPO) Ikom Division, SP Michael Oko; Chairman of the Ikom Security Council, Hon. Asinya Ntan; State Security Adviser (Central Senatorial District)) to Gov. Ben. Ayade, Mr. Ransome Odey; Supervising Director of Education Ikom Zone, Mr. Martin Eteng; State Leadership of the Association; Chapters (Calabar South/Calabar Municipal/Ugep/Ikom) Leadership and the entire members of the association in Cross River State.
According to Dr. Emmanuel Adams, commonly abused substances like alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, inhalants, opiates, cocaine/heroin, hallucinogens (example LSD) have social, medical, physical, economical and cultural impacts in the society and their side effects range from convulsion and high blood pressure to sudden death.
Dr. Adams while stating the factors that lead a child to drugs misuse addiction to be chaotic home environment, ineffective parenting, lack of parental attachment, parental drugs addiction, poor social coping, poor school performance, amongst others said victims who intend to quit the practice should never fail to see a doctor. “A doctor can refer him/her to community resources where he/she can receive formal diagnosis and treatment of a drug-abuse problem. A doctor also may prescribe medications to control cravings and withdrawal or help manage medical complications resulting from substance abuse,” Dr. Adams said.
On prevention, the facilitator noted that substance misuse start from childhood or adolescence; hence the need to channel its preventive measures on school-age. “Abuse prevention efforts in schools and community settings now focus on school-age groups. These programmes seek to increase communication between parents and their children, to teach resistance skills and to provide information in other to correct a child’s misperception about cigarettes, alcohol and drugs and the consequences of their uses,” Dr. Adams said.
In a reaction, the Ikom Police Division Head, SP Michael Oko said reported cases of rape, fraud, stealing, violence, etc are all aftermaths of substance misuse. SP Michael believes that no human in his right sense of mind can think of harming another fellow. He went further to appeal to the leadership of BAN in the state to also look at the issues surrounding the legal sales of these drugs in pharmaceutical stores.
In another reaction, the Ikom Security Council (cum LG Caretaker Committee) Chairman, Hon. Asinya Ita thanked BAN for holding the symposium in Ikom. He stated that ever since his appointment by the State Governor, Sen. Ben. Ayade, he has been trying his personal best to ensuring that Ikom was drugs abuse free. He further appealed to BAN to take the programme to the community and class rooms.
Responding to the comments, the State President of the association, Chief Joe Duke said the symposium was a trainer-to-trainer exercise. Howthat, the association intends to commence an anti-drugs abuse programme to cover the nooks and crannies of the state and her members after receiving the training would serve as trainers.
Chief Duke also assured the Police DPO that BAN was going to visit all the communities and faith-based institutions in the state for substance misuse awareness and therefore pleaded that the police sector in the state gives BAN a helping hand in securing access to especially remote community and also on general security.
The symposium was part of BAN (Cross River State Chapter) itinerary for its 5th State-Wide Assembly.