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Psychiatrist raises alarm over drug abuse among youths in Adamawa.

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Dr Marcus Vandi, head of the Psychiatric Unit, Yola Specialist Hospital, Adamawa, has raised an alarm over the increasing rate of drug abuse among youths in the state. Vandi, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, November 8, in Yola, expressed concern over the increasing rate of drug abuse among different age groups.

He disclosed that the hospital admits over 100 cases with mental and other related health issues. “The use of psychoactive drugs especially among youths, is becoming an issue of concern.

“On a daily basis, the hospital receives between three to five mental cases; mostly related to drug abuse.”

He said that almost all the patients were males between ages 13 and 55. Vandi advised parents to inculcate good moral upbringing in their children, to enable them to stay away from drugs. He said that the hospital lacked modern equipment and adequate personnel and urged the state and Federal Government to support the hospital in these areas.

Previously the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) command in Adamawa cried out over some youths in the state who use human urine for intoxication. NDLEA's commander in Katsina state, Maryam Sani, said that suspected drug dealers no longer stay in the shops, but use their motorcycles and cars to sell drugs, making it difficult for the command to arrest them.

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