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No drug can enhance your academic performance – NDLEA warns students

The NDLEA has issued a warning to Nigerian students, specifically those studying at the University of Ilorin, about the dangers of using hard drugs in the belief that it will enhance their academic performance.

Mr Mohammad Ibrahim, the NDLEA Commander of the Kwara Command, emphasized that hard drugs do not improve students’ results in any exams.

He further cautioned students about the negative consequences that may arise from using these drugs, urging them to resist any form of peer pressure that could lead to drug abuse.

He explained that “part of what the Command is doing differently is to enhance the working ability of the patrol teams to control the state and also to put more officers on the road to intercept substances coming into the state”.

According to him, the target of the unit is the general public, youths and adults, both male and female.

This, he said, was because no human being is immune to drug abuse as drug addiction cuts across all aspects of life.

Ibrahim further explained that all categories of drugs can be abused.

“NAFDAC is in charge of the licit drugs, while the focus of the NDLEA is on illicit drugs and psychoactive substances, which includes cannabis, cocaine and heroine. These are substances completely banned by the law,” he said.

The NDLEA boss explained that some substances are not banned but are controlled because despite being for medication they are sometimes abused.

“The consequences of drug abuse can be categorised as social, physiological and physical.

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“There is a part of the brain called the prefrontal cortex which is responsible for reasoning and making decisions.

“It is not fully developed until age 22 or 23 in an individual. So, when being laced with substances, it leads to distortion of perception, thinking and cognitive reasoning, which leads to risky decisions and affects academic performance,” he cautioned.

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