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NDLEA, FRSC Partner Against Drug Abuse

Posted: Jun 30, 2015 at 5:38 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma  –  Yenagoa


Worried by the frequent ghastly motor accidents  occasioned by illicit drug consumption by drivers, the Bayelsa State Commands of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have jointly organised  a public education campaign to enlighten drivers, motorists and others users on the dangers of alcohol and narcotics abuse.

At the event which was held on Friday at Sagbama, headquarters of Sagbama Local Government Area of the state, the FRSC and NDLEA emphasised the need to check abuse of drugs by drivers and other road users.

They cautioned that research had proved that the use of alcohol and drugs while driving had resulted in the untimely death of many motorists and drivers.

Speaking, the state  Commander of NDLEA, Josephine Obi, told drivers and operators of tricycles and motorcycles to stop indulging in the abuse of alcohol and hard drugs for their interest and that of the other road users.

“The dangers associated with the use of these hard drugs alie leglegionne of the things that drivers and okada riders are known for, is mixing drugs, alcohol and work. So, it is our duty and responsibility to enlighten them on why this is not right.

“So we are here to partner with you on how to make our lives better. Every day, we wake up with the objective to have a good time and leaving a good legacy too, so that whenever you pass on, people will remember you for good. It is not the hope of anybody that when he leaves home he will not get back in the night.

“Accidents, over the years have led to people’s dream being cut short. One of the causes of accidents is the use of alcohol and other drugs and driving while under the influence. Apart from accidents, there are also other negative effects of these drugs in the body and society.”

She said there were several categories of drugs that are harmful not only to the users but to other members of the society, adding that cannabis sativa, cocaine and other psychotropic substances have many consequences which comprised addiction, making a person slave to it and inability to control one’s plan as well as one not being able to leave a good legacy.

“Drugs make you to lose trust. There are also stimulants like cocaine that make you work long stretches without rest, putting the lives of others in danger. It affects the organs in the body. It can confuse sight too.

“Other types of drugs are sedatives, depressants and valium. After you have forced yourself to work long stretches, you have to force yourself to go to bed because your body system is now on edge.  “Before you sleep you must take tablets. Cannabis, locally called monkey tail, is mixed with illicit alcohol (ogogoro) which very recently killed some people in some states. This is because there is no control over the dosage. It is dangerous. It is good not to take the risk at all.

“No matter how you feel these drugs help you, what is the benefit if you use it today and you work extra hours and lose your senses tomorrow and won’t work again; you end up gaining nothing. Advice your colleagues too to stay clear of these drugs”, Obi said.

She also said there were other regulated drugs with restricted dosage that people could take, insisting that people should keep off those ones that were yet to be regulated by the government such as ogogoro.

Obi advised that even when taking regulated drugs, people should know their limits, stressing that apart from marijuana, there were people that were addicted to alcohol and that is dangerous too. “There are people that mix different types of drug and take it. This leaves the person abnormal and disoriented. Also, special energy drinks too contain hard drugs and so taking it leads to addiction. And when this happens, it makes you useless. This is why we are asking you not to abuse these drugs”, she added. In his lecture, Sector Commander of FRSC, Vincent Jack, informed drivers and riders that “the road is very patient but does not forgive anyone that makes a mistake.”

He warned them against abusing drugs and alcohol, saying indulging in them was an invitation to accident, diseases, and in some cases, death.

“Drivers and riders should desist from the use of every type of drugs because it causes early ageing that could have been avoided with eating good food. During the course of their daily activities they come in contact with people and they ooze of alcohol, making their passengers uncomfortable.

“Some people are addicted to the smell of toilets; some others cannot function in the morning without alcohol. The message brought to them is that they can live a better life without these unnecessary drugs and substance abuse.

“Some people, who ride okada, train their kids up to university level. People won’t fail to patronise decent and responsible bike riders. When riders take these drugs, they lose sense of direction and discernment of speed. They do not realise the speed with which they are moving, putting them in danger or loss of lives.  “In order to avoid these accidents, may I urge the NDLEA, who are marking their week, to reach out to villages, to speak to okada riders. What are you leaving behind for your kids if every morning they watch you abuse these drugs and substances, some even give to their young children to ‘develop the child’.

“The road is very patient but it does not forgive one who makes mistake.

“When it happens, three things are involved: death, serious body injuries that can lead to amputation or police case. Drugs don’t help, it is better to live a normal life than rely on the use of drugs and illicit substances”, Jack said.