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Women in Ogun State Face Rise in Drug Abuse, NDLEA Calls for Help |2024

Last Updated on June 10, 2024 by Silvy

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Ogun State, Nigeria has expressed concern about a drastic rise in female drug users. Jane Ibiba Odili, the state NDLEA Commandant, appealed to women struggling with addiction to seek help.

Odili pointed to biological factors that may make women more susceptible to addiction and the challenges they face in recovery. She also mentioned the societal pressures women experience as caregivers, suggesting drug abuse can have a more significant impact on their lives.

The NDLEA identified “Fenuja,” “Skushis,” weed, and cough syrup containing codeine as commonly abused drugs by women in the state. Additionally, tramadol, a pain medication, is misused by both genders.

Odili acknowledged the stigma surrounding addiction discourages women from coming forward. The NDLEA has programs in place to assist women with drug abuse issues, aligned with Nigeria’s national drug policies.

The NDLEA urges women struggling with addiction to overcome shame and seek help. Their programs can offer the support needed for recovery.

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