Group under the Aegis of International Society of Substance Use Professionals, ISSUP Kaduna state branch says development of professional drug demand reduction and evidence- based interventions are key to addressing drug and substance abuse in the country.
National President of ISSUP Dr. Martins O. Agwogie disclosed this during a one day workshop organized by the Kaduna State branch of the society with the theme “Parenting Skills and Prevention of Drug Addiction In Teenagers”.
Represented by the State coordinator Mrs. Fatima Abiola Popoola explained that ISSUP was committed to addressing the threat via building a United, trained, and effective multidisciplinary national network of substance use prevention, treatment, recovery and research professionals.
According to him, promoting a high quality evidence- based in substance use prevention requires a concerted effort from members cut across different disciplines toward finding a sustainable and cost effective solution to the menace in the society.
He however pointed out that evidence-based practice was targeted at applying research findings on a daily patients’ care and considering their unique need and personal preferences using scientific and clinical evidence to tackle the menace.
Earlier in a keynote address, associate Professor of Neuro- Psychiatric Dr. Bashir Adam Yakassai who described the workshop as timely said parents were the first model for the development of children hence the need to lead by example.
He attributed the rising cases of social vices to faulty parenting and stressed the need toward giving their children the right and functional upbringing in line with religious tenets.
Also the mental health consultant and Chairman of the event said drug and substance abuse emphasized the need for society to empathize with victims of addiction by showing them love, care and support with a view to facilitating their quick recovery and prevent them from total withrawal.
He said the dreaded pathology could be prevented via workshops, seminars and symposium including the media to educate and enlighten the public especially teenagers on the dangers associated with the menace of drug and substance abuse in society.
The Neuro- Psychiatrist stressed the need for Governments to include drug and substance abuse in both primary and secondary schools curriculum to enable students become educationally informed about dangers of the deadly scourge.
In a lecture on “Parenting and the prevention of Drug Addiction in Teenagers”. Medical Director, Federal Neuro- Psychiatric Hospital Kaduna, Prof. Abdulkareem Yusuf Jika who identified different types of addiction to include: drugs, behavior, gambling and technology among others, Called on parents to monitor their children’s movement, friends and interactions.
He said it would be more easier to curb the problem at the Early stage when they started experimenting strange behaviors, and at the same time prevent them from the negative influence of peer pressure.
He identified dysfunctional families, peer group pressure, lack of education, skills and environment as some of the factors that could predispose teenagers to drug and substance abuse.
Climax of the workshop included Goodwill messages from the Kaduna State Commander, National Drug Laws Enforcement Agency Mr. Uche Okechukwu, Col. Shehu Ibrahim Rtd. SHEHIM VENTURES Ltd. Kaduna, coordinator ISSUP Mrs. Fatima Abiola Popoola. The P.R.O. ISSUP Kaduna State Mr. Ejikeme McBishops Ogueji, Director of Health, Kaduna State ministry of Education, Mr. Andrew Dodo, Financial Secretary Counselling Association of Nigeria, Mr. Mathias Yashim, Drug Ambassador and Girl Child Activist Mr. Sam Tension Yumar among others.
A communique on the role of family in prevention of Addiction in Teenagers was drafted at the end of the workshop.