Dr Aliyu Abubakar of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Zaria, has said that the youths account for over 85 per cent of mentally deragned people in Nigeria.
Abubakar made the remark in a paper he presented at a sensitization workshop for youths organized by Bizara Youth Development Association in Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna State entitled: “Drug Abuse in Nigeria: Causes, Effects and Solutions.”
“As indicated by an ongoing report, 85 for each penny of frantic individuals in Nigeria are adolescents inside the age section of 18-38 years.
The real reason for mental test in Nigeria has gone past medication manhandle as the young people presently breathe in reptile defecation, putting their noses into pit toilets, smoking matches, smoking dried pony excrement and blending reptile dung with color powder.
Medication manhandle clutter is a typical issue influencing around 5 for every penny of the of the total populace with an expected 10.2 for every penny in the USA.”
He recalled that in Nigeria, it was recently reported that about three million bottles of cough syrup containing codeine is consumed daily in Kano State and about six million bottles consumed in the North-West.
Abubakar added that in 2016, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency reported that about 40 per cent of Nigerian youths engaged in drug-abuse.
The medical doctor stressed that the consequences of drug-abuse include mental disorder, liver cirrhosis, lethargy and cardiovascular disorder among others.
Abubakar added that those abusing drugs mostly drop out of school, engage in cultism, violence, arm-robbery, thuggery, rape, lawlessness, murders and are culturally disorientated.