A Future Hooked On Drugs: The Sad Story Of Nigerian Youths

By Ikenga Chronicles April 23, 2018

A Future Hooked On Drugs: The Sad Story Of Nigerian Youths

One’s youth is usually a time of experimenting with so many things. Many even see it as the one stage in life when one is free to make as many mistakes as possible, because, it is believed that the mistakes are somehow learning curves.

But what is also clear is that many have, during their youthful ages, chosen paths that irrevocably defined who they become as adults. These paths, sometimes, are paths that result in a loss of focus on what really matters in life, and thus lead to an adulthood filled with regrets. That is why, while one is free to experiment as a youth, it is also extremely important that in experimenting, attention is paid to the impact of such experimentation to one’s later years.

As every observant person in Nigeria will attest to, there is a sad trend that has taken over quite a sizeable number of Nigerian youths. From the North, down to the West, and the East and South South of Nigeria, thousands of young adults have become hooked to all forms of drugs. From Tramadol, to Rophenol, these youths no longer find pleasure in the occasional alcohol. They prefer the delirium that comes from taking any form of cough syrup, or painkiller, in high dosages.

It is so bad that it is now virtually impossible to run into ten youths, without seeing one who at least dabbles into this drug thing. What is more amazing is that both the male and the female are equally hooked!

But what is more scary is the sense of denial that goes with it. While these young ones are unrepentantly hooked on these multitude of drugs, they tend to always deny that they are “addicted to drugs”, but would rather say something like “I take painkillers sometimes, and it is not a big deal”. And these are from persons who are so hooked that one can literally see them moving around, eyes vacant, enveloped in a voidness that testify to an otherworldly feeling. Yet, the all important first step of accepting that there is a problem is often times difficult( after all, saying that one is hooked on drugs, for most Nigerians, still bears strictly Western colourations).

What is also very alarming are the fatalities that occur from overdose of these drugs and accidents, the extent to which it leads to a growth in the transmission of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and the overall loss of focus in personal development.

While there may be no statistics currently backing it up, what one notices everyday serve as prophetic pointers to a generation that would be bedevilled by failing kidneys and livers, and other forms of terminal diseases. This on its own is a sad prognosis for the future of the country, and blasts a resounding warning that if something urgent is not done to curtail the extent of the addiction of youths to drugs, then the future will be indeed very worrisome for this country.

Civil Society Organisations(CSOs), the Government, religious bodies, communities, and all stakeholders, must now take this as a pandemic of sorts, and begin from simple sensitisation, to outright campaigns to ensure that certain drugs are not easily available. Whatever it takes to unhook Nigerian youths from drugs has to be done, and urgently so.