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Drug abuse worse than terrorism, banditry — Experts

Experts in drugs say drug abuse is worse than terrorism and banditry because most crimes are committed under the influence of drug abuse.

Speaking yesterday in Abuja during an inter-school Mathematics competition organised by Reconnect Health Development Initiative with the theme “Addition not Addiction”, the representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Project Officer, Capacity building, Dr Femi Ajayi, stressed the need to educate and enlighten the youth on the dangers of drug abuse.

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On his part, Mr Nduka Augustine, from the Drug Demand Reduction Unit, FCT Cmmand, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, noted that the NDLEA Act prescribes a punishment for traffickers of illicit drugs.

Speaking to journalists at the event, Country Director, Reconnect Health Development Initiative, Dr Dayyadah Shaibu, said there was the need to take the campaign against drug abuse to children as they were involved in the menace.

She said drug abuse causes death and mental illness as well as leads to crime and school dropout.

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