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Drug abuse: Senate seeks establishment of rehabilitation centres



Drug abuse: Senate seeks establishment of rehabilitation centres

Concerned by the alarming rate at which drugs and substances were being abused in the country, the Senate yesterday urged the Federal Government to establish rehabilitation centres in each state of the federation.


It also mandated its Committee on Health to ensure that the government equipped the centres with needed apparatus to run them when established.


The resolutions were made as a result of a motion entitled; “Urgent need to establish more rehabilitation centres across the country,” sponsored by Senator Jeremiah Useni (Plateau, South) and cosponsored by eight others.
While leading debate on the motion, Useni expressed concerns that drugs and substance abuse had become the order of the day in all parts of the country, with the attendant negative consequences, including criminal activities such as armed robbery and rape.


He noted that at least 50 per cent of all addicts were likely to bear children with the same additive traits in their offspring unless and until they underwent professional drugs cessation rehabilitation.



The former Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) added that “drugs and substance abuse affect intelligence, which has gross negative effect in a person’s development across physical interpersonal social daily life, which retards his basic achievements and therefore devastating multiple effects on the society.”



Useni also said that he was “convinced that the rehabilitation centres, if increased, will be able to address quite a number of issues both in the short and long term, including professional rehabilitation of drug addicts, diagnosis of children on childhood psychological disorders, personality functioning for adults, intelligence (IQ) testing,” among others.

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