A survey result by the NOI Polls has identified poverty and unemployment as the major causes of drug and substance abuse by teenagers and young adults in Nigeria.
The survey result, which was released on Tuesday, revealed that there was a high level of drugs and substance abuse in Nigeria with the South-East zone of the country having the highest level of drug and substance abuse in the country.
The survey stated, “On the causes of drugs and substance abuse, reactions of respondents show that the most significant cause of drugs and substance abuse, as highlighted by the majority (36 per cent), is poverty and unemployment. Peer pressure, societal influence and bad friends, also play important roles as causes of drugs and substance abuse as these came second on the chart with 33 per cent.”
Other causes of drugs and substance abuse, according to the survey, include parental neglect, poor upbringing and indiscipline, corrupt society, ignorance, lack of control, frustration, depression, stress, worry, loneliness and idleness are also said to be responsible for drug abuse.
According to the survey, 90 per cent abusers of drugs and substance are teenagers and young adults aged between 15 and 29 years old.
Results from the survey shows that the most abused substance in Nigeria is marijuana followed by codeine (cough syrup) and alcohol.
The survey recommended job creation, youth empowerment and creation of awareness as solutions to drug abuse in the country.
It said, “Since poverty, unemployment, peer pressure, societal influence and bad friends came top as the major causes associated with the rising abuse of drugs and substance. Careful consideration should be given to the creation of more awareness on the effects of drugs and substance abuse.
“This should be greatly supported by youth empowerment and more job creation in order to generally improve the standard of living especially amongst the age group identified. In addition there should be more focus on the enforcement of laws and penalties which should be enforced in order to keep a check and balance on the drugs problem, which has greatly affected the Nigerian society.”