Answering the Urgent Need for Drug Education in Nigeria

Youngsters at a school in Jos, Nigeria, after a Truth About Drugs Workshop. The Foundation for a Drug-Free World is working to reach Nigerian youth before the drug dealers do.

Foundation for a Drug-Free World takes action to stem Nigeria's deadly drug abuse epidemic.

The head of the chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World in Nigeria recently completed training in South Africa on the Foundation’s drug education curriculum to bring urgently needed help to the youth of his country.

In an interview with AllAfrica news organization published in May 2016, former Director General of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Otunba Ipinmisho, stated that 40 percent of Nigerian youth use illicit drugs. He points out this is creating a health care catastrophe, because “young boys and girls who abuse drugs don't care where the syringe they use in injecting the substance is coming from, they just inject it and in a couple of minutes pass it around themselves. It is the fastest way to spread the diseases, not just AIDS, even the STD (Sexually Transmitted Diseases).”  

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World Nigeria chapter has begun drug education delivery in the city of Jos in central Nigeria, with lectures and workshops to community groups and local schools.

Executives and staff of the Church of Scientology of Pretoria saw to the training of this new Drug-Free World chapter and provided its leader with all the materials he would need to carry out his mission.

The Church of Scientology and Scientologists support the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, a nonprofit public benefit corporation that empowers youth and adults with factual information about drugs so they can make informed decisions to live drug-free.

Through its worldwide network of volunteers and partnerships, the Foundation for a Drug-Free World has distributed 8 million copies of The Truth About Drugs booklets over the past year— more than 80 million copies since the booklets were first published in 2006.

Read the article on the Scientology Newsroom.

Source: Foundation for a Drug-Free World


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