RIGHTS activist Dr. Joe Oke-Odumakin has appealed to the government to declare state of emergency on drug abuse and human trafficking to deal with the menace headlong.
She spoke at the World Day Against Drug and Human Trafficking seminar in Lagos.
The seminar, with the theme: “Drugs are addictive, escaping is hard, don’t start,” brought together security experts, human rights advocates, lawyers and psychologists to share their thoughts on solutions to drug abuse in Nigeria.
Dr. Oke-Odumakin, who delivered the keynote address, noted that there was not enough hands handling the menace.
She attributed substance abuse to peer pressure and unhealthy competition, noting that she always told people to quit trying to be someone else.
She said: “Drug abuse is an abnormal use of drug and too much of everything is bad. There is a nexus between drug abuse and human trafficking as the recruitment are sometimes through drug use. They use the drug either to cope, control or as a reward.
“This is why I always tell people that always want to be like someone that it is wrong because you may not be able to do what they do.
“To overcome drug abuse and human trafficking, one needs to deal with the triggers, which sometimes come in form of boredom, depression, loneliness, anger, rejection, anxiety and stress.
“We also need to talk to ourselves as the root is the heart. We can replace these bad habits with good habits like sports.
“Choose to make the difference. No matter the case, be part of the solution. Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles,” she said.