Youth2Day Ghana this year  under their agenda “SAY NO TO DRUG ABUSE -TAMALE; OUR COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY” has been at the forefront of fighting Drug Abuse amongst high school students in the Tamale Metropolis.
The youth led non governmental organization over the past months have held several seminars in over ten junior schools in Tamale. These seminars afforded them the opportunity to interact, educate and sensitize the students on the effects of drug abuse and its implications on the future of the teenagers. They also held discussions on radio to educate and sensitize people on the effects of drug abuse. As part of the the program, the organization set up counseling sessions for students who confessed to have been abusing drugs in order to help them withdraw
This move was necessitated by the alarming rates of drug abuse and drug addiction in recent times in the Metropolis with junior high school students being the most vulnerable. The most abused drug per their findings was Tramadol though other substances were mentioned.
Some of the schools visited were Choggu Demo JHS, Zogbeli Block B JHS, Ansuaariya JHS, Kalanda E.P JHS, Sakasa JHS, St Paul’s JHS etc
Speaking to Mr. Amadu Hassan Kapinta, the founder of the organization, he stated that most of these teenagers go into abusing drugs because they think it is a good lifestyle. This mentality he believes has been propagated and promoted by “Internet fraudsters” who unfortunately have become role models to some of these young ones.
He however expressed his worry about how stakeholders seems to be adamant with regards to the fight against drug abuse in the Tamale Metropolis.
He also advised the youth to abstain from abusing drugs. “Drug is not food” – he added.
Youth2Day GH is also calling on all relevant stakeholders such as the Food and Drug Authority, NCCE etc to intensify the fight against drug abuse in the Tamale Metropolis in order to save the lives of many teenagers.
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