Mrs Nneka Dim, a Psychologist with the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu, has urged Nigeria youths to stay away from drug abuse so as to live responsibly.

Dim gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Saturday.

She said that drug abuse among the youths was a pressing issue that raises serious concerns among parents and health professionals alike.

According to her, the brains of some of the youths may still be at the stage of development, making it particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of hard drug.

“The long-term consequences of drug use among the youths can have severe impacts on various aspects of their lives.

“And these effects could be deteriorating mental health, impaired cognitive functions such as memory deficits among others,” she said.

Dim explained that drug use becomes drug abuse when the individual overlooks the consequences of drug use due to the strong desire to use it.

She said that it would alter the individual’s lifestyle and could also alter daily relationships.

“Resisting peer pressure, abstaining from drug use, and living a balanced lifestyle, foster strong family relationships and taking only prescribed medication.

“Learn healthy coping skills and obtaining education on the dangers of drug abuse are some of the strategies that can be employed to prevent substance abuse among the youths,” she added. (NAN)

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