Awareness Raising on Drugs and Alcohol Use In Rural Communities

Quite often, in terms of mental health issues, the focus of attention is on specific groups of people (eg those living with HIV-AIDS) who suffer from conditions such as depression and alcohol abuse. What tends to receive slightly less attention is the prevalence (usually only anecdotally reported as there is a distinct lack of research into the key issues) of drug and alcohol abuse among young people in rural communities. Gede’s work in Cross River State is starting to shine some light onto a range of important issues in this regard, almost all of which revolve around, (i) easy availability of substances, and, (ii) their relative affordability. This is a potent combination which could, in some cases, lead to addiction and all of the social costs which come with this. Gede, in partnership with UNICEM and the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) will soon be taking the lead in raising awareness of these key issues through activities which will form part of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Activities will be aimed at schools in Akpabuyo and Akampa local government areas. Watch this space for coverage of these important activities