By EZEKIEL DONTINNA
IN bid to increase knowledge and awareness that would reduce stigma association with drug use and dependence, Charis Healthcare and Community Support Initiative has organized training on sensitization on drugs prevention, treatment and care (DPTC) for media Practitioners in Plateau State.
Funded by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the non-profit organizations’ focus was on providing psycho-social support to disadvantaged individuals, families and communities through sustainable rehabilitation and empowering programs to enable them live purposefully.
Presenting the overview of current national drug use situation and various responses conducted in Nigeria, the Charis Healthcare and Community Support Initiative coordinator, Hon. Praise, said, the essence of the training workshop was to promote appropriate information on substance abuse and related issues through programmes and publications that would elicit the necessary impact for the development of evidence-based policy and delivery of evidence-based services to improve service up take.
She expressed concern that more attention was given to substance users instead of deadly with substance producers who could easily bribe their way out when arrested, hence the need for media to expose those engaged in such act since Nigeria was tagged the key –transit point for drug trafficking and producer of cannabis and ATS.
Praise, therefore, urged government to develop a new National drug control master-plan 2020-2024 to monitor and evaluate drug pattern, emerging trends and response to drug problem where affordable and accessible drug treatment (evidence based) would be available for people with drug use disorder.
She however, advised that, the National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) should implement an intelligence-led policy model targeting mid-to high-level traffickers to scale up comprehensive package of service for prevention, treatment and care of HIV among people who use drugs in community and prison setting.
Meanwhile, the Co-ordinator has called on parents and community leaders to on play their roles because children could be nosy and would want to whatever they see happening around them hence the dive need for parents to educate their wards on the danger of substance usage.
THE NIGERIA STANDARD reports tht the organization was currently carrying out a project DPTC in Jos-North and Jos-South and that the training workshop started Monday 30th September, and would end today the 2nd of October 2019 and it was for 35 Media Representatives with at least two from an organsiation.