Narcotics is a drug or other substance that affects mood or behavior and is consumed for non-medical purposes, especially those sold illegally, and the excessive intake could be deadly.
National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Operatives who regulate drug laws have arrested a 27-year-old drug queen, Mrs. Opoola Mujidat in possession of narcotics concealed in fetish bowls at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja (MMIA), Lagos. The suspect planted the drugs concealed in fetish bowls containing scary native black soap and sponge on two Oman-bound male passengers, apprehended at the departure hall of the airport.
The Director of Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr. Femi Babafemi said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja. Babafemi said that the passengers: Raji Kazeem and Akinbobola Omoniyi were traveling together to Oman, the Middle East, on an Ethiopian Airlines flight on Monday, July 11, when they were intercepted by NDLEA operatives at the airport. He said that a search of their luggage revealed wraps of cannabis Sativa hidden in bowls of native black soap and sponge packed into a bag containing food items, which Kazeem was carrying.
“Both Kazeem and Omoniyi immediately alerted the anti-narcotic officers that Mujidat who was still within the vicinity gave the bag containing the illicit substance to them at the airport. She was promptly arrested. The lady accepted responsibility and stated that she brought the luggage for the two passengers to give to her husband in Oman. Mujidat, who hails from Oyo East LGA in Oyo State, confessed during the preliminary interview that she packed the bag containing the food items with different items, including the black soap used to conceal the illicit substance. Babafemi quoted the Chairman, NDLEA, retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa as commending the officers and men of the MMIA Command for the arrests, seizures, and their dexterity. Marwa warned the drug cartels that no matter the ingenuity of their modes of concealment, the dedicated workforce of the agency would always expose them and their tricks.
Effective action should take into account the following:
- Since the effects of drugs on health vary greatly depending on the type of drug and on the way it is used, the public health response to drug use should be proportional to the health-related harm it causes.
- The use of psychoactive substances is to be expected because of their pleasurable effects as well as social influences. The greater the frequency and amount of drug used, the higher the risk of becoming dependent.
- Effective public health policies and programs that address not only drug dependence but also other forms of harmful drug use could lead to a significant reduction in the overall health burden of drug use.
- The risk of becoming dependent on drugs is determined by a combination of biological, genetic, psychological, social, cultural, and environmental factors. Currently, it is impossible to predict who will become drug dependent.
- Drug dependence is a medical disorder, not a lack of willpower or strength of character.
- Drug dependence and mental illnesses often affect the same individuals. Therefore, it would be useful to integrate research, assessments, and treatments for both types of disorders.
- The cost-effective treatment and management of drug dependence can save lives, improve health, and reduce costs to society. Beyond stopping drug use, effective treatment requires changes in the behavior of users and often the use of substitute drugs.
- Treatment must be accessible to all in need and the health care sector should provide the most cost-effective treatments.
- Prejudice and discrimination against drug-dependent people are one of the main barriers to their treatment. Everyone has the same rights to health care, education, work opportunities, and integration into society.
- Investment in brain research on drug dependence must continue and expand to cover social science, prevention, treatment, and policy research. The results of research should be used to devise evidence-based policies to reduce the burden of drug use.Consider other strategies to prevent teen drug abuse:
- Know your teen’s activities.
- Pay attention to your teen’s whereabouts
- Establish rules and consequences
- Know your teen’s friends
- Keep track of prescription drugs
- Provide support.
- Set a good example
Drug use and addiction cause a lot of diseases and disabilities in the world and should be checkmated. Recent advances in neuroscience have helped to improve policies to reduce the harm that the use of tobacco, alcohol, and other psychoactive drugs has imposed on society, therefore the intake should be reduced or avoided.