The Youth Constitute 85% Of Mad People In Nigeria – Medical Expert Say
A Medical Doctor, Dr Aliyu Abubakar of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Zaria, has revealed that the youths make up over 85 per cent of people with mental disorder in Nigeria.
Abubakar disclosed this in a workshop organised by Bizara Youth Development Association in Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna state, to sensitize the youths of the menace of drug abuse in the society
In his paper titled : “Drug Abuse in Nigeria: Causes, Effects and Solutions,” he said:-
“According to a recent study, 85 per cent 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 per cent of the of the world population with an estimated 10.2 per cent in the USA.”
He recalled that recently it was reported that about three million bottles of cough syrup containing codeine was consumed daily in Kano State and about six million bottles consumed in the North-West. Abubakar intimated the youths, saying that in 2016, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency reported that about 40 per cent of Nigerian youths engaged in drug-abuse.
The medical expert stressed that the consequences of drug-abuse included mental disorder, liver cirrhosis, lethargy and cardiovascular disorder among others, adding that drug abusers are likely to drop out of school, engage in cultism, violence, arm-robbery, thuggery, rape, lawlessness, murders and are culturally disorientated.