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Senate calls for rehabilitation centres for Drugs Abuse victims

The Senate on Tuesday urged the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Health, to establish rehabilitation centres for victims of drug addiction in each state of the country. The upper legislative chamber also mandated its Committee on Health to ensure that the government gave the centres needed attention when established. This followed a motion by Sen. Jeremiah Useni (PDP-Plateau) and nine other senators. In the motion, Useni noted that drugs and other substances abuse had become the order of the day in all parts of the country. He said that at least 50 per cent of drug addicts were likely to bear children with same addictive traits in them unless they underwent professional drugs cessation rehabilitation. The lawmaker said that increase in the number of rehabilitation centres would go a long way in reducing drug-related issues such as impairment of memory and paranoid. In his contribution, Sen. Philip Gyunka (PDP-Nasarawa) decried the large number of drug addicts seen on the streets. In his remarks, Deputy President of the Senate, Mr Ike Ekweremadu, said drug abuse negatively affected productivity of the youth. “There is a need to stop the distribution of drugs at both the wholesale and retail levels. “This issue of drug abuse is a threat to youths’ productivity. There is the need to break the chain between the dealers and users as it is fostering crimes in the country. “Security agencies should curb the distribution of drugs,” Ekweremadu said.

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