The NDLEA arrested 774 suspects and seized 3,874.3 kg of various narcotics and mind-altering substances in Nasarawa, Benue and Plateau in the first half of 2022.
The three states form Area D of the Narcotics Agency.
Umoru Ambrose, area commander in the area, said this in Lafia on Sunday during the celebration of the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2022.
He said 134 drug suspects were prosecuted during the period, while 378 drug addicts were counseled and rehabilitated.
He added that the states in the zone had intensified their drug abuse and awareness-raising operations.
Ambrose called on all stakeholders to get involved in addressing the drug menace in the area.
In his remarks, Peter Odaudu, Commander of the NDLEA in Nasarawa State, said the celebrations underscored the need for access to proper treatment for people with drug-related disorders.
He stressed that the war on drugs must be intensified in Nasarawa State, especially given its position as the second highest drug prevalence state in the North Central after Kwara.
“Statistics from the 2018 Drug Survey showed a very alarming trend, the involvement of women in drug problems.
“We have at least one in four women drug addicts; this development is worrying and must be reversed,” he said.
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Odaudu thanked the Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, for his support to the NDLEA and requested urgent intervention in the provision of operational vehicles and the construction of a rehabilitation center.
Guest speaker, Mr. Nwora Okpalaeke, Coordinator of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria in Nasarawa State, said that 494,000 users died from drug addiction in 2019.
He spoke of “illegal drugs in health and humanitarian crises”.
He said drug addicts suffered from liver cirrhosis, stroke, hepatitis, kidney and heart failure, noting that 14.3 million Nigerians are drug addicts, while three million suffer from addiction-related disorders. dope.
“The government should strengthen the system to prevent the proliferation of drugs and pay attention to the agencies responsible for reversing the situation.
“Drug abuse affects economic growth; the greater the abuse, the higher the level of insecurity and poverty,” he said.
Margaret Elayo, Senior Special Assistant on Primary Health Care to Governor Sule commended the NDLEA in the state and assured partnership to fight drug addiction in Nasarawa State.
The theme for this year’s celebration is: “Addressing Drug-Related Challenges in Health and Humanitarian Crises”.