DRUG ABUSE: CONTROL OF DRUG ABUSE. Drug abuse is a problem that is causing serious concern to both individuals and government all over the world. Drug abuse can be controlled in the following ways:-
Þ Aggressive extinction of all the sources of these hard drugs including the farms where they are planted by a joint force of the UNO.
Þ Parents should monitor the kind of friends their children go with and guide against bad company.
Þ Rehabilitation of the affected persons.
Þ Teaching of effects of drug abuse in schools.
Þ Continuous campaign against the use of hard drugs at the federal, state and local levels.
Þ Consent of a doctor should be sought before a prolong take of a particular soft drug.
Þ Stiff penalty should be metted against anybody found dealing on hard drugs.
Þ Government should intensify effort or rather encourage drug abuse education in research and educational institution, also systematic enlightenment and awareness on the menace and other danger associated with drug abuse should be made.
Þ Government should also make effort to create job opportunity for people because an idle mind is a devil’s workshop, when they are busy with something, there might not be time for drug abuse.
The good news to people especially the adolescents is that immediate steps can be taken to limit access to these drugs and help keep the teens drug-free.
- Safeguard all drugs at home, monitor quantities and control access: Take note of how many pills are in a bottle or pill packet and keep track of refills, this goes for your own medication, as well as for your adolescent’s an other members of your household. If your teen has been prescribed a drug, be sure you control the medication and monitor dosages and refills.
- Set clear rules for teen about all drug use, including not sharing medication and always following the medical provider’s advice and dosages:- Make sure your teen uses prescribe drugs only as directed by a medical provider and follows instruction for over the counter. This includes:- taking the proper dosage and not using with other substances without a medical provider’s approval.
- Be a good role modes by following these some rules with your own medicine:- Examine your own behaviour to ensure you set a good example. If you misuse your prescription drugs such as share them with your kids, or abuse them, your teen will take notice. Avoid sharing your drugs and always follow your medical provider’s instruction.
- Properly conceal and dispose of old or unneeded medicines in the trash: Unneeded prescribed drugs should be hidden and thrown away in the trash so that teens or others don’t take them out of the trash, you can mix them with an undesirable substance (like used coffee grounds or kitty) and put the mixture in an empty can or bag.
- Ask friends and family to safeguard their prescription drugs as well: Make sure your friends and relatives, especially grandparents, know about the risks too and encourage them to regularly monitor their own teen has access to talk to those families as well about the importance of safeguarding medications. If you do not know the parents of your child’s friends, then make an effort to get on the same page about rules and expectations for use of all drugs. Follow up with your teen’s school administration to find out what they are doing to address issues of prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse in schools.
Talk to your teen about the dangers of abusing prescription and over-the-counter drugs. These are powerful drugs that; when abused, can be just as dangerous as street drugs.
Tell your teen the prevention of drug abuse, both the parents the government and schools should device strategies for counseling so that the adolescents will be aware of the effects of drugs abuse. Obiamaka V. O, 2004.