SPOKEN WORD: ‘Ya Allah, My Du’a Is For Drug Abuse To Stop!’, By Hannatu Musawa


Drug dependancy in Nigeria is a illness that’s branded and disregarded. And so long as society, authorities and the medical group proceed to disregard it and fail to establish it for what it’s, it would proceed to be an epidemic that’s on the rise.

However the truth that this epidemic is basically a illness, the victims are stigmatized and criminalized by the court docket of public opinion and there’s no public coverage in place for treating it or halting the unfold of this illness. Sadly, our response to drug abuse is fraught by our failure to acknowledge dependancy as a illness that wants wide-ranging well being options.  It’s utterly misunderstood by the general public, who see it as a private or ethical weak spot of those that undergo from it. These troubled with this sickness proceed to be victimized by the disgrace towards the illness, a stigma that stems from misinformation.

The epidemic has change into so widespread in Nigeria and the unyielding destruction it leaves in its wake, is felt by so many households and communities. As a result of there isn’t a set of authenticated guidelines accessible for outlining methods to handle this all-consuming disaster, households change into overwhelmed when drug dependancy exists of their lives. These residing with folks which might be tormented with this illness do probably not know methods to act or what to do.

Analysis tells us that drug dependancy is an intergenerational illness, simply as rampant within the household tree as most cancers or diabetes. It doesn’t discriminate with regards to age limits, geographic location or socioeconomic putting. It’s a severe mind illness that may strike anybody. When drug dependancy occurs, it takes over the important thing capabilities of the mind, substituting our innate instincts with the urge for the medicine it has change into depending on.It captures the very elements of the mind that’s answerable for cause, the half that provides the human being motivation. It utterly devours a sufferer. 

The issue in Nigeria is made worse as a result of we’ve few drug therapy services and applications and the prevailing ones we’ve aren’t correctly structured and controlled. The problem right here is that those that are offering therapy that isn’t in step with medical requirements and confirmed therapy practices aren’t held accountable. This might invariably result in a slippery slope.

It’s a truth that almost all of those that are giving therapy to drug addicts in Nigeria aren’t medical professionals with the coaching, information or expertise to implement evidence-based companies. This leads to a scenario the place addicts searching for therapy are left to depend on plenty of physicians who might not have the required medical requirements wanted for drug rehabilitation.

Regardless of the appreciable knowledge authenticating that drug dependancy is a reversible, treatable and controllable sickness by means of prevention and therapy strategies, we nonetheless in some way appear to show a blind eye. In the meantime, substance abuse continues to trigger sickness, harm, dying and crime, it continues to savage our kids, overwhelm our societies and impede training. We should regulate our reasoning and convert new concepts on drug dependancy into transformative actions. We should get up and really attend to preventing the scourge of drug dependancy earlier than it spreads even additional.

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Except we overhaul the entire drug therapy services and applications in Nigeria whereas supporting the few genuine therapy facilities we’ve, a lot of the medical professionals who’re at present getting used to provide therapy and handle drug dependancy stay insufficiently educated and inexperienced to diagnose or deal with the sickness. 

Similar to drug dependancy itself, our medical group must be rehabilitated in a method that the quick life-threatening scenario of dependancy is handled concurrently steps to stop its recurrence is taken.

The surprise of recent drugs has produced new antidotes to handle and deal with drug dependancy and new machineries to assist restoration. As a nation, we have to make the most of these in a complete try to tackle how we deal with this illness, specializing in a world medical mannequin of take care of addicts that deal with their long run wants to help them in realizing and sustaining restoration.

We have to educate ourselves extra about drug abuse as a result of the disgrace that society imparts on it leads to our incapacity to eradicate the illness. The stigma of drug abuse creates elements of discrimination. This in flip obstructs restoration as a result of it leaves victims with emotions of guilt, disgrace, rejection, and leaves them feeling excluded by society, destroying their vanity.

We have to embrace the tales of the households residing with this illness as a lot because the consultants within the subject. That method, we will set up our very personal localized instruments and recognized assets that will make an impression in addressing substance problems. In an effort to assist the tens of millions of Nigerians affected by this affliction and finish Nigeria’s essential trajectory, these efforts must be expanded.

To have any actual impression on decreasing dependancy in Nigeria, our authorities should pump extra assets in direction of prevention and therapy channels. Genuine private and non-private rehabilitation facilities ought to be supported and people which might be run down ought to be restored. The supply of capital for treating dependancy is required to make sure that the medical occupation’s ongoing inadequacy of offering enough training and coaching is corrected.

Except we dedicate a substantial quantity of funds to deal with drug dependancy, enhancing dependancy drugs training for docs and correcting societal stigmas towards the victims, this illness will proceed to destroy tens of millions of individuals and communities on this nation.

Moreover, to finish the drug disaster, we have to educate ourselves concerning the risks of medicine, encourage drug customers to hunt medical therapy and vehemently prosecute the traffickers who’re offering the medicine. Public drug therapy services ought to be funded by the federal government, in order that they’re accessible to each Nigerian who might must make the most of them. The few genuine non-public drug rehabilitation facilities in Nigeria corresponding to Cognition Rehabilitation Heart in Abuja ran by Dr Dramola must be supported. 

Our youth make foremost well being selections at a younger age. These selections might be whether or not to smoke or to make use of medicine. In an effort to get in entrance of this, data on medicine have to be given to them early and successfully through the use of well-informed mentors that perceive the slide which will drag experimentation to dependence. We have now to supply extra drug training in our faculties and prepare all lecturers on methods to emphasize the related data and statistics.

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Our kids watch hours of TV and have entry to the Web earlier than graduating from faculty. Loads of the content material from these sources ensures that medicine pervade into our properties. Communications companies broadcasting on our airwaves ought to take some measure of duty the place the leisure offered is coherent with well being and analysis data. For the discount of drug abuse to be maintained, dad and mom, faculties, authorities, business, courts and tv should work in conjunction. 

When sufficient Nigerians care to regulate what’s seeping into our residing rooms, faculties and places of work, what we watch on TV and what we tolerate in our communities, a dependable and intense obligation will take maintain, and our kids and this nation’s future would be the higher for it.

When the Ebola pandemic broke out on this nation some years in the past, the nation successfully organized itself, contained the outbreak and efficiently handled the sick. With the Flu pandemic, new vaccinations had been developed, public well being protocols had been put in place, doctor training and consciousness was raised on methods to stop the illness. I actually imagine that we have to take the identical strategy with drug dependancy. We want the identical form of medical urgency in tackling dependancy as we have for every other sickness that we’ve mobilized a nationwide response to. 

From the science and interventions standpoint, we’ve at our disposal the instruments required to deal with drug use problems. There isn’t a time like the current for us to advance with resolve to use them.

This can be a medical emergency virtually with out precedent in our nation and it should to be attended to appropriately, from the physician’s examination room to the legislature. Legal guidelines might be handed that regulate drug therapy services and assist victims. We will save tens of millions of Nigerian lives if we reply to drug dependancy as a medical conundrum that’s as deserving of compassion and care as every other sickness.

These affected by drug dependancy want all the assistance they will get; new analysis and extra assist from our native communities, the medical group, the legislature, the chief and the judiciary backed by residents as a result of the information on the matter is clear- it isn’t some stranger prone to dependancy, it’s the youngsters in our properties. We have to be up to date on essentially the most possible alternate options for understanding and treating addicts.

“Ya Allah, My Du’a is for Drug abuse to stop!”

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