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Drug Abuse and Health of the Nigerian Youth: A Call to “Listen First”
Science Journal of Public Health
Volume 4, Issue 5-1, October 2016, Pages: 7-11
Received: Jul. 2, 2016; Accepted: Jul. 4, 2016; Published: Aug. 2, 2016
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Chia, Perpetua Ngosoo, Department of Clinical Psychology, Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria
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This is a paper presented at the occasion of the 2016 United Nations International Day against Drug Abuse / Illicit Trafficking, with the theme “Listen First” with the vulnerable youths as the target population of the presentation. The paper an awareness campaign for youths on the dangers of drug and substance abuse provides information from empirical studies of drug abuse being a global and public health problem with current statistics. The trend, types of psychoactive substances used and , abused by youths most especially in Nigeria and Benue State in particular, factors that makes the youths vulnerable and the health implications of drug abuse is discussed. The call for all stakeholders’ parents, guardians, teachers, policy makers, to establish a warm and supportive relationship with the youths which will in turn gain their confidence and help them discover their potentials and fully actualize them instead of getting involved in drugs is made; which is the basic assumption of “Listen First”.
Drugs, Drug Abuse, Psychoactive Substances, Nigerian Youth, Health, “Listen First”
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Chia, Perpetua Ngosoo, Drug Abuse and Health of the Nigerian Youth: A Call to “Listen First”, Science Journal of Public Health. Special Issue: Addiction and Substance Abuse. Vol. 4, No. 5-1, 2016, pp. 7-11. doi: 10.11648/j.sjph.s.2016040501.12
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