Drug Abuse: Oyo Govt Partners Medicred Ltd., Train Over 500 NAPPMED Members

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Drug Abuse: Oyo Govt Partners Medicred Ltd., Train Over 500 NAPPMED Members

 

 

 

As part of efforts to eradicate drug and substance abuse among Nigerian youths as well as curb youth restiveness, the Oyo state government in collaboration with Medicred has trained over 550 members of National Association of Patent and Proprietary Medicine Dealers (NAPPMED), Oyo State chapter on curbing the menace of drug and substance abuse.

The weeklong event which was flagged off in Igboora, Ibarapa Central Local Government will hold hold in all the 33 Local Government Areasreas of the state.

Speaking with newsmen, the special Assistant to Governor Seyi makinde on Community relations, Hon Femi Josiah, said that the reason for the training is to close up distribution channels through which drug trafficking is being used to proliferate the society.

While urging the patent medicine dealers to desist from selling illicit drugs, Hon. Josiah advised all patent medicine member participants at the training to ensure the skills acquired are well utilised to improve on the society.

“As we all know the patent medicine dealers are baseline health workers. They are community traders on drugs are medicinal products.

“We found out that some of them have become channels for illicit trafficking of drugs into our communities and as a way of curbing that menace we engaged them.

“Youth restiveness and drug abuse are linked together and they are channels for trafficking of drugs into our communities we have to block that channel and one of the ways of blocking the channel is to enlighten them on the danger of them allowing themselves to be a gateway such things.” Josiah said.

In her remark, the Chief Executive Officer of Medicred, PharmDoctor Bukonla Agunbiade, implored government to ensure that youths are productively engaged to prevent restiveness as a means to eradicate or at the least curb drug abuse.

Speaking earlier in his address, the president of the National Association of Patent and Proprietary Medicine Dealers, Oyo state chapter, Mr Bola Oladapo, expressed gratitude to governor Seyi makinde for conducting training and seminars for his members and assured their support for the government.

“Drug and substance abuse have been a menace confronting the society, reason the United Nations rated 25th percent of youth in Oyo state as engaging in drug and substance abuse, which can be attributed to insecurity.” Mr Oladapo said.

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