Government intensifies the fight against drug abuse

The government of Cameroon has announced tougher measures to fight against illicit drug consumption in Cameroon.

The move to intensified the fight against drug abuse has the precipitated by statistics which indicate that drug abuse is partly responsible for the excesses during the sociopolitical upheavals in the North West and South West regions.

Abusive drug use especially by youths in the two regions is said to have resulted in young people dying as secessionist fighters under the influence of drugs.

The statement is contained in a declaration to media men and women by the Minister of Communication Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Government’s spokesperson during press conference in Yaounde.

The Minister said, “Cameroonian youth enrolled in the ranks of Boko Haram, manipulated, instrumentalized and addicted to maddens have been transformed into real killing machines becoming dehumanized and barbarian showing death and desolation for long months in the North West and South West parts of the country.

The crisis situation in the North West and South West regions since November 2016, illustrates the unprecedented and desolate effects of drug use by our young compatriots.”

The extent of drug of drug abuse was better present using statistics from the national anti drugs committee which indicates that that majority of youths especially teenagers in the North West, South West and Far North regions have at least taste drugs.

The Minister said “21% of the population has already experienced hard drugs; 10 % are regular users of which 60% of young people aged between 20 to 25 years. More than 12 thousand young people under the age of 16 are involved in the use of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances in our country”.

He also detailed out a number of measures put in place including sensation and education especially of young people on the adverse effects of drug consumption. He also highlighted government control measures to curb access to narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances to young people.

The press conference was organized shortly after an anti drug campaign targeting youths of school going age was organized in some schools in the country to raise awareness on the dangers of drug abuse and to declare schools and their environs drug free zones.

Elvis Teke

Elvis Teke

Journalist, Online Reporter, News Presenter, Programme Anchor, Peace Advocate, Geo-strategist,

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