NDLEA Sensitizes Shekinah Model Academy on Drug Abuse

NDLEA Sensitizes Shekinah Model Academy on Drug Abuse

In a bid to promote awareness and discourage drug abuse among students, a delegation from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Abia State Command, paid a visit to Shekinah Model Academy in Aba on the 5th of March, 2024.

The staff, students, and management of the school warmly welcomed the NDLEA team during their sensitization visit.

Addressing the student body, Mrs. B. Maurice, the Deputy State Commander, delivered a comprehensive lecture on the nature of drugs. She defined drugs as any chemical preparation for the diagnosis, treatment, and care of ailments, taken in any form, with the potential to alter the body system or behavior of an individual.

Mrs. Maurice shed light on the hazards associated with the illicit consumption of substances. Emphasizing the existence of socially acceptable drugs that serve as gateways to vices and health challenges, she listed examples such as alcohol, cigarettes, kola nuts, and coffee. The students were strongly advised to refrain from these substances, as even socially accepted ones could pose risks to their lives and future.

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Further, Mrs. Maurice cautioned against the excessive use of over-the-counter (OTC) drugs like Panadol and Tramadol, as well as the consumption of kola nuts and coffee. She explained how these substances, while initially keeping the brain alert, could lead to brain overactivity and subsequent hemorrhage.

The lecture also touched on certain wrong practices, particularly among girls, including taking painkillers before, during, and after monthly periods, attempting to conform excessively, and copying others. Mrs. Maurice outlined signs of drug abuse, such as truancy, declining academic performance, unkempt appearance, and constant sweating even in cold weather.

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Mr. Ikechukwu Akunne, the Public Relations Officer of NDLEA Abia State Command, urged students to “Say NO to Drugs and Say YES to Life.” He emphasized that anything with the potential to increase or decrease brain activity is not worth consuming.

Expressing gratitude on behalf of the school, the Senior Prefect, Master Chiedozie Kingsley, thanked the NDLEA team for taking the time to address them. Mr. Alexandra Orieahga, a teacher at the school, also appreciated the NDLEA for enlightening both students and staff on the benefits of avoiding drug abuse and the consequences of engaging in illicit drug consumption.

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The highlight of the occasion was the establishment of a Drug-Free Club, with Miss Goodnews Okoro (SS3A) appointed as the President of the Club. Group photographs were taken to commemorate the event.