According to report reaching oyogist.com, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has expressed worry about the high rate of drugs and substance abuse especially among the youth in the South-West, especially Lagos and Oyo States.
According to the Punch Newspaper, the Principal Staff Officer in charge of Treatment and Rehabilitation, NDLEA, Oyo State Command, Titilope Asiru, said this in her presentation in Ibadan on Wednesday.
Speaking at a drug-free symposium organised for secondary school students, the NDLEA said the drug use prevalence in Lagos and Oyo States stood at 33 and 23 per cent respectively.
She said, “The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime recently released the national drug use survey in Nigeria which shows drug abuse prevalence rate in the South West zone as very high.
“Oyo State, with 23 percent prevalence rate, is occupying second position in the region while Lagos State which has 33 per cent prevalence rate occupies the first position in drug abuse in South-West.
“This is a national emergency that requires the support of members of the society.”
Asiru said tackling the problem should be seen as the responsibility of everybody.