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Drug addicts attribute high rate of abuse to unemployment, parenting


[FILES] Drug abuse. Photo/Pixabay

Some drug addicts in Kaduna have attributed the high rate of drug abuse among youths in the state to unemployment and poor parenting.

Some of the addicts said in a separate interview with the News Agency of Nigerian (NAN) in Kaduna yesterday that they indulged in the act due to idleness.

One of them, Musa Sani, 26, a university graduate, said he took to drugs after idling away at home for many years after graduating from the university without a job.

Sani, a graduate of Business Administration from a Malaysian University, said after sourcing for capital to start a business without success, he began taking drugs to ease the pain.

“I graduated in 2016 and am still jobless. Lack of opportunities and capital to start a small business exposed me to bad peer groups who introduced me to drugs. And you know once you start, it’s very difficult to stop. I won’t be in this mess if only I found something doing,” he said.

Another addict, Mr Adams Bitrus, 27, said he began abusing drugs at the age of 16 due to poor parenting.

“I wanted to be a soldier, but my father, a wealthy pastor insisted I must go to Bible school to read Theology and become a pastor.

“After many pleas to allow me to follow my dreams without success, I ran away to Abuja to stay with my elder brother and ended up doing drugs.

“I am taking Indian helm, although I want to stop, the ecstasy is too satisfying and stronger than me that it will take serious help to get me out.

“It would have been a different story if my father had listened to me and allow me to chose my carrier,” Bitrus said.

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