Chima Azubuike, Gombe
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has urged the government and other stakeholders in Gombe State to make better use of its treatment and care centre for drug addicts, noting that the centre is presently underutilised.
habilitation and treatment Centre for drug addicts in Gombe state.
According to the NDLEA, proper use of the centre could help to reduce the rate of drug and substance abuse in Gombe state.
Speaking on Friday, at the commemoration of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and illicit trafficking, with the theme ‘Share Facts About Drug, Save Lives’, the Gombe state Commander of NDLEA, Ekaete Egwunwoke called on government and relevant stakeholders to ensure the facility is adequately put to use.
“It is important to remind the general public that NDLEA has a treatment and Care centre in Gombe but the facility is grossly under-utilised.
“I, therefore, call upon the state government and the good people of Gombe State as well as civil society organisations to ensure that the facility is adequately put into use.
“Just seek help. There is a need to seek help when you need it because the NDLEA is ready to assist.
“We need some partnership from medical personnel for our treatment and care centre. As you know issue of people being dependent on drugs is more of a medical issue and for us to treat and properly rehabilitate we need the medical people to partner with us. We need an ambulance to hastily refer issues,” she said.
While bemoaning the challenges inherent in effectively running the care and treatment centre, the commander called for more support for the centre, noting that the unit needs the support of everyone before it can effectively discharge its role of treating and rehabilitating clients.
“I think the NDLEA cannot feed all the clients so we need the government, and public-spirited individuals to come together. We may not even be talking about the money but they can bring foodstuffs,” Egwunwoke added.
Commenting on the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime report on drug prevalence, she stressed that drug control is challenging, adding that more awareness would be required to educate more people.
Egwunwoke said, “When you say 14 percent are affected, you are not just looking at the 14 percent because if we are about 200,000,000 people the 14 percent of 200,00 percent is quite a large number.
“So it gives us a sleepless night to realise that a greater percentage of this figure are youths. So every hand needs to be on deck by looking out for interventions,” she said.
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