July 21, 2024

NDLEA Alerts on Youths Using Nail Polish and Methylated Spirit to Get High

 

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has raised alarm over a disturbing trend among youths, who are now using nail polish and methylated spirit as stimulants to stay high or have a ‘highness’ sensation. This shift comes as conventional narcotic substances like tramadol, codeine syrup, and cannabis become increasingly expensive for users.

 

Tijjani Rabe, the Ogun State Commander of the NDLEA, disclosed this during a visit from members of the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) at the command’s headquarters in Abeokuta. Represented by the Deputy State Commander, Ekundayo Williams, Rabe expressed concern over the rising menace and its implications for society.

 

Rabe highlighted the agency’s ongoing challenges despite extensive sensitization and advocacy efforts. He referred to a 2018 survey, stating, “The survey revealed that 14.3 million Nigerians aged between 15 and 64 had used one substance in the previous year, showing an increase of 5.6 percent compared to 2016.” He added, “20 percent of these 14.3 million people have drug disorders.”

 

The NDLEA commander noted that in addition to conventional drugs, youths are turning to non-conventional substances, mainly household items like nail polish and methylated spirit, as they are more affordable. “This trend is particularly worrying among our youths,” Rabe stated.

 

Rabe also pointed out the dangers of drug injection practices, which contribute to the spread of blood-borne diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis B. He emphasized that the South-West region of Nigeria has the highest rate of drug issues, with Ogun State being particularly affected due to its large number of tertiary institutions attracting young people from different walk of life.

 

In response to the growing crisis, Rabe mentioned that the NDLEA, in collaboration with sister organizations and other stakeholders, is intensifying its sensitization and advocacy efforts in schools, places of worship, markets, parks, and rural communities. He concluded by stressing the need for continued efforts to curb this alarming trend and protect the well-being of Nigerian youths.

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