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Anti-substance abuse campaign launched at SHSs

As part of efforts to address substance abuse  in Senior High Schools(SHS) and tertiary institutions in the country, the say no to drug abuse music video dubbed “Daabi” has been launched in Accra last Friday.

The “Daabi” nationwide campaign video features key players in the entertainment industry such as Kwami Eugene, Article Wan, Bogo Blay, Eno Barony, Amrado and Yaa Yaa.

Speaking at Old Achimotan Association class of 1997 Bonfire Night and Daabi campaign, the Chief Executive Officer of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Mrs Delese Mimi Darko, said developing the youth as ambassadors in disseminating the dangers of drug abuse was crucial.

She said the World Drug Report 2021 showed that globally, the number of people using drugs was projected to increase to 11 per cent by 2030 because of demographic changes and low-income countries accounting for the biggest share of rise.

Mrs Darko said in Ghana, statistics showed that more than 2,700 boys and 3,100 girls smoked cigarettes each day, and Shisha use was also higher in girls (1.7 per cent) than boys (1.6 per cent) due to the misconception that Shisha was a safer alternative to cigarettes.

“The number of drug users in Africa is projected to rise in the next decade by as much as 40 per cent as a result of demographic peculiarities in this region” she added.

She said the music video was an innovative strategy that took into cognisance the vulnerability of the youth and the urgent need to address the situation.

Mrs Delese commended the youth-led-partnership with the school association, saying it offered an opportunity to address the use of drugs or substance abuse.

She said her outfit would introduce the FDA Drug Abuse scheme which sought to encourage a student-led initiative against substance use, and in the long run establish a nationwide FDA network of drug abuse youth ambassadors.

The president of the 1997 Old Achimotan Association year Group,Dr Papa Nii Maale Adusei, commended the FDA for the initiative to ensure substance abuse was addressed in schools in the country.

He assured of the year group’s continuous collaboration with FDA to reduce the menace in the country.

As part of the occasion, the students embarked on a bonfire procession through the principal streets of Achimota.

BY ANITA NYARKO-YIRENKYI

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