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Monday, 26 October 2015

The Openly Thriving Hard Drug Trade in Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory  (FCT) Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) may need to intensify its effort at ridding Abuja of hard drugs that is now being sold in every nook and cranny of the city.

There has been an increase in drugs and substance abuse nationwide especially amongst teenagers and young adults aged with no exception.
World Health Organization (WHO) describes drugs and substance abuse as “the harmful or hazardous use of psychoactive substances, including alcohol and illicit drugs”.
It also refers to a condition in which a person consumes the substance in quantities or with procedures which are not approved or monitored medically.
Substance and drugs abuse encompasses the use of “mood-altering or psycho-active drugs; illicit drugs – narcotics; stimulants; depressants (sedatives); hallucinogens; cannabis; glues and paints, substance abuse often includes problems with impulse control and impulsive behaviour”.
They either stimulate or depress the central nervous system and produce sedative, stimulants, hallucinogenic, exhilarative, brain dysfunctional physical and psychological disorders on an individual The twist to the sale of hard drugs in Abuja is that it has gone beyond the era when peddlers carried out their trade with fear.
Small shop owners have been introduced into the business. Customers openly visit the shops.
Investigation revealed One wrap of marijuana is sold between N20 and N50, depending on the area of the nation’s capital city.
Codeine syrup, which ordinarily should be sold to patients based on doctors’ prescription is now sold by owners of small shops, popularly referred to as kiosks. It is unclear how the  shop owners get their supply, but they readily have the products available for any customer who discreetly walks into their shops to buy.  
Few weeks ago, i was out with my friends, we got tired of sitting inside one of the popular 'Clubs' in wuse 11, and decided to take fresh air; i was suprised that over 9 young men walked towards me asking if i wanted any of the varieties of hard drugs they redily had to sell. It amazed me how easily our streets are now floaded with hard drugs.
Just recently, a 34-year-old man was arrested by the police in Kubwa for allegedly selling Codeine and other hard drugs to residents of the satellite town.
Hardcore areas include; front and opposite of Amigo supermarket now '4U', banex junction near the filling station along Gwarimpa express way, Zone 4 where you have bureau d changes, Zone 3 Gardens and many more. 

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