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Nigeria ranks 1st on this planet for hashish use as 10.6 million Nigerians abuse it

Nigeria ranks 1st in world?s Cannabis-use as 10.6 million Nigerians abuse it - NDLEA boss Marwa

Chairman of the Nationwide Drug Regulation Enforcement Company, NDLEA, Brig. Normal Mohamed Marwa (Retired) mentioned Nigeria was the world’s high hashish client, stating that 10.6 million Nigerians abuse it.

Talking on the 2nd Vanguard Summit on Psychological Well being on Thursday, November 24, Marwa mentioned Nigeria has a severe drug habit downside and the severity of the scenario is unknown till the United Nations Workplace Towards Medication and Crime 2018, a nationwide survey supported by UNODC. on drug use and well being was carried out.

“Beforehand, Nigeria’s drug use profile was sketchy. The survey gave us information for the primary time and we discovered that Nigeria in 2018 had a drug use prevalence of 14.4%.

“It was an eye fixed opener. The stats may not imply a lot at first look, solely compared will the hazard change into obvious.

“The worldwide common prevalence of drug use was 5.5%, right down to 14.4%. Nigeria has nearly thrice the worldwide prevalence. “Unquestionably, the nation has a severe drug habit downside.

“Second, the survey gave us a way of the sample of abuse in relation to prevalence and kind of substance in numerous components of the nation.

“The largest revelation was that 10.6 million Nigerians have abused hashish. Once more, that is only a quantity till you begin to perceive it when it comes to human impression. The ramification is that now we have a cannabis-using inhabitants that’s bigger than international locations like Portugal and the United Arab Emirates.

Marwa represented by the Space Commander, NDLEA, Lagos, Dr Segun Oke, mentioned: “In 22 months, the company has arrested 20,000 offenders and sentenced 3,111 in court docket. We seized 5.5 million kg of illicit medicine, destroyed 900 hectares of hashish farms and dismantled two illicit methamphetamine labs.

“We’re additionally attempting to current a counter-narrative to the fallacious messages which are brainwashing younger folks into believing that illicit substances are innocent.”

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