Written by Chuks NZEH

ISSUP to introduce addiction prevention, treatment, policy in higher institutions

The Nigeria Society of Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Professionals, of the International Society, Substance Use Professionals, ISSUP, has said it is in full collaboration with relevant stakeholders to introduce addiction prevention, treatment and policy as a standard international course of study in Nigeria higher institutions. 

 

This was made known by the National President of the group Dr. Martin Agwogie, while presenting his welcome address during the Inauguration /Lecture of ISSUP, Nigeria chapter last Thursday, in Abuja. 

 

He noted that "We are in full collaboration with relevant stakeholders towards the introduction of addiction prevention, treatment and policy as a standard international course of study in our higher institutions of learning in Nigeria. 

 

We believe this will help to consolidate and sustain the professionalization of drug demand reduction in Nigeria. To I am pleased to state that the introduction of addiction studies has reached an advance stage in 2 Nigerian University."

 

In his Lecture presentation titled "Drug Demand Reduction, Holistic and Integrated approach for Sustainable National Development", Prof. Princewill Stanley,  a professor of Neuropsychiatry, at the University of Portharcourt, in Rivers State of Nigeria, said "The truth remains that Nigeria has been bugged by Drug and substance use  challenges from colonial days and this continued from Independence, to the present day. 

According to him Post Independence, the list was limited to alcohol, cannabis, tobacco, kolanut and coffee, most often referred to as the gate way drugs. These grew over the years from independence to Methamphetamine, cocaine, heroine, hallucinogens, sedatives and all forms of opiates.

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