NDLEA: Marijuana most commonly abused drug in Gombe


National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Gombe Command, says marijuana use is on the rise in the state.

Making this assertion on Saturday at the Pantami township stadium, venue of the climax of Gombe Marathon 2021, Assistant Commander, Drug Demand Reduction, Akomolafe Adekola, lamented the indiscriminate use of the drug among the youth.

Tagged Gombe Marathon to Stop Drug Abuse, the occasion was also used to commemorate the celebration of Gombe @25, with 250 registered runners and more than 500 spectators that came out to support the war on drugs and illicit substances.

According to Adekola, marijuana is the most commonly abused drug in Gombe, warning that it has destroyed the lives of so many young people.

While offering an open invitation to those who may need rehabilitation, he called on the general public to report anyone or place where Indian hemp is being planted or kept.

He warned the populace against taking drinks indiscriminately, noting that some people lace drinks with abusive drugs after which they offer unsuspecting victims.

“If you have someone that is a drug abuser, you shouldn’t approach him, just report him to NDLEA; we know how to approach and pick them up,” he enthused.

On his part, Deputy Commander of the Command, Olisameka Okafor, whose speech heralded the marathon, called on youths in Gombe to eschew all forms of drug abuse and embrace better life for a better future.

Okafor said, “NDLEA, as a partner in this race, is here to give awareness to the youth and not to arrest anyone.

“No runner should take any drug to make them run faster because, at the end of the race, the winners will be tested for drug use and if found guilty of such, it is an automatic disqualification.”

While promising the support of NDLEA in the fight against drug abuse, Okafor added, “I call on those who are already addicted to come for rehabilitation at the NDLEA treatment and care centre in Gombe.”

Also speaking, Convener of the Marathon, Nzomisaki Shadrach, lauded partners of the event, while calling on government and civil society organisations to key into the initiative.

“They should key in towards providing sponsorships for future events as the Marathon Race is an annual programme that will continue to give its best in the fight against drug abuse.

“It will in turn harness young talents in athletics and other forms of sports and entertainment,” Shadrach said

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