Dr. Aliyu Abubakar of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Zaria, says that youths have a larger percentage of about 85 percent of mad people in Nigeria.
Abubakar made the remark in a paper titled “Drug Abuse in Nigeria: Causes, Effects and Solutions,” which he presented at a sensitisation workshop for youths organised by Bizara Youth Development Association in Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna state.
Abubakar said: “According to a recent study, 85 percent of mad people in Nigeria are youths within the age bracket of 18-38 years.
“The major cause of mental challenge in Nigeria has gone beyond drug-abuse as the youths now inhale lizard feces, putting their noses into pit toilets, smoking matches, smoking dried horse feces and mixing lizard feces with dye powder.
“Drug abuse disorder is a common problem affecting about 5 percent of the of the world population with an estimated 10.2 percent in the USA.”
According to him, it was recently reported that about three million bottles of cough syrup containing codeine are consumed daily in Kano State and about six million bottles consumed in the North-West.
Abubakar added that in 2016, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency reported that about 40 percent of Nigerian youths engaged in drug abuse.
The medical doctor stressed that the consequences of drug-abuse include mental disorder, liver cirrhosis, lethargy and cardiovascular disorder among others.
In his speech, the Chairman, Bizara Youth Development Association, Malam Yahaya Nuhu advised parents to draw their children closer to monitor their movement and those they relate with.
He advised the government to introduce stiffer penalties against drug-dealers, fish them out and punish them accordingly.