It is quite obvious that young people, have habitually overtime, taken to hard drugs as a means of deriving fun undermining the after effect of their acts.
Hard drugs indulgence has gradually and consistently pervaded the society and major victims of the menace comprises the Nigerian youths including the learned and the illiterates.
From studies, it has been noted that while many addicts are largely influenced by their peers, others ignorantly used it as a means of acquiring some sort of psychological balance, some as a result of failed parenting, while some dependently assume, it is an antidote against frustration.
It may be shocking to believe that at least 5 out of 10 persons in the university community are either hard drug patronisers, dealers or have knowledge of some someone who uses hard drugs.
Hard drugs generally have attracted stringent laws of prohibition against its consumption in the society; the university management has also made laws forbidding the use of these drugs. Notwithstanding, most students still get involved in the smuggling, usage or trading of hard drugs.
Several opinion from most addicts revolves around an excuse of deriving “extraordinary feeling” which they regard difficult to let go. Others see nothing wrong in their chosen lifestyle. Some feel remorseful and sad due the stigma attached to the act.
An anonymous student of University of illorin, said he smokes to have better understanding.
According to him, from a stick of cigarette, he got introduced to “weed” by his peers, having discovered that the latter avails him best results than the former. With time, his indulgence went beyond control which badly affected his education with an additional extra year.
A student of Kwara State University (KWASU) revealed that his family background was that of a broken home. So in a bid to balance the pressure of studies and family, he got introduced to Adderall by a friend.
“Adderall is a combination of medication used to treat attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. It works by changing the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain. Amphetamine/dextroamphetamine belongs to a class of drugs known as stimulants. It can help increase your ability to pay attention, stay focused on an activity, and control behaviour problems. It may also help you to organise your tasks and improve listening skills,” according to WebMD.
He said with Adderall, he excelled in examinations. Gradually, he became addicted as the drug gave him extra energy till he got depressed. He could not eat, he could not sleep and he could not do without the drugs and he started failing his classes. “So I have to go and seek help and my doctor is helping me.”
A microbiology student of Adeleke University, Osun State, said he got addicted to Codeine because it enables him multitask his brain as it helps him think about a lot of things at the same time especially during exams. “But it only lasts for a couple of hours after which I will have to do it again and now I’m so hooked on the substance.”
Another former addict who identified himself as Ayomiposi, said, “Drug addict is up and coming monster that the education sector of the country has produced. Most addicts are under the umbrella of ‘schooling in Nigeria is stressful.’ Truly, the system is really complex and they resort to the only thing that gives them freedom. They seek solace in the wrong thing, which is drug and crime. Government should do something to curb it and also put some standards in place to make education is less stressful.”