Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Schools:Drugs Consumed and Fatal Side Effects


School administrators in Cameroon and the government have launched a fight against a growing social ill today known as drug abuse.

Form one students at GBHS Mimboman

Drug consumption within school circles is taking alarming proportions with devastating side effects on consumers. The phenomenon has eaten deep into secondary and Higher Schools as well as professional institutions of learning. A study carried out by Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) in Cameroon in 2008 reveals that 44% of young students have tried a hard substance at least once. A similar study carried out in Cameroon in 2015 on the abusive use of drugs by youths shows that 10% of youths of school age and people in precarious social condition are regular users of drugs especially cannabis and Tramol.

List of Drugs Consumed by Youths.

Among the list of drugs consumed in schools feature;
# Cigarettes
# Marijuana
# cannabis
# Tramol
# cocaine

Side Effects of Drug and Alcohol Consumption

The side effects of these drugs on consumers are far- reaching. Medical experts have identified some health hazards related to drug and alcohol abuse.

# Anaemia
# cancer
# cardiovascular diseases
# depression
# high blood pressure
# mental problems
# gastrointestinal intestinal problems
# Nervousness


In addition to these side effects are outrageous acts of moral decadence which could ultimately lead youths to become school dropouts. Legal experts have warned of legal sanctions including jail terms.

Kathy Neba Sina

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