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Group Campaigns Against Drug-Abuse

Posted: Jul 8, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Anthonia  Duru  –  Lagos

With a passion to reach out to people especially youths continually on the many ills of drug abuse, Treasure Life Centre (TLC) a faith-based non-governmental organisation, recently organized a one-day workshop in commemoration of the 2015 United Nations day of International Day against drug Abuse and illicit Drug Trafficking.

According to founder of TLC, Obi Ikechukwu, the organization’s mission is to give life to God’s creatures which include rehabilitating drug addicts through God’s word. While calling on government and individuals to partner with the TLC to rehabilitate drug addicts and to take the campaign everywhere, Obi disclosed that his organisation will take the message to motor parks, schools and other places. He however appealed to all to participate in the campaign against drug trafficking.

The event which took place in Lagos had in attendance students from different schools who presented a short drama on the many ills of drug abuse.

Bishop Olabisi Bankole of the Triumphant Word Christian Global Ministry while speaking in his capacity as the spiritual father of the day said Satan is messing up destinies of youths through drug abuse and other vices. According to the cleric, it is one of the tools the devil uses to destroy destinies.

Guest speaker, Dr. (Mrs) Ijeoma Chikieze who spoke passionately on the topic, ‘Zero Tolerance on Drugs,’  explained that abuse of drug can make one’s mind not to function properly and anyone’s whose mind doesn’t function properly is dead. According to her, it is also an economic waste to abuse drugs.

“Drug abuse not only causes pain and suffering for the individuals involved, but also those around them and society as a whole. Despite continued attempts to understand and eradicate drug and alcohol abuse, there is no sign that it is abating. It is a complex problem because there are so many reasons why people fall into substance abuse in the first place. Unless all these reasons are considered, it will be difficult to effectively tackle the problem,” Chikieze said.

Speaking further, Chikieze who explained that abuse of drug ruins life, added that the society will be a better place if all desist from abuse of drugs.

Education may be effective at discouraging more people from moving from substance abuse to addiction. If such individuals can be stopped before they develop a physical addiction it will mean that they are spared a lot of suffering,