An un-indentified Junior Secondary Student has died in Ohafia local government area of Abia state after he allegedly took 10 tablets of Tramadol.
The Abia State Commandant of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Mr. Akindele Akingbade, disclosed this in Umuahia while delivering a lecture at a seminar organised by his agency, Office of the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu on Narcotics and Abia State Drug Abuse Control Committee.
The seminar was organised for patent drug dealers in Abia Central Senatorial District.
During his presentation at the seminar which held on Wednesday, Akingbade disclosed that the student was reported to have taken the tablets to enhance his performance during an inter-house sports competition being organised in his school.
The deceased, according to Akingbade, was billed to participate in the competition before he died.
Akingbade explained that the JSS student died shortly after taking the drugs.
Revealing that Abia was among top-ranked states in the country with high level of drug and substance abuse, he said his office had already informed the governor of the state had been informed about the situation.
Explaining that efforts were being made to apprehend the seller of the banned drug as directed by the governor, he warned patent drug dealers against selling drugs without prescription from medical doctors or pharmacists.
He linked the high rate of criminal activities, including armed robbery, rape, kidnapping, etc. to the negative effects of allowing illicit drugs to get into wrong hands.
The NDLEA state commandant said that apart from the agency’s resolve to take the awareness campaign against selling of harmful drugs to the abusers, the agency had begun encouraging schools to establish Drug-Free Clubs in their schools in order to discourage students from abusing drugs or taking illicit drugs.
He emphasised that the dangerous effects of abusing drugs or consumption of illicit drugs on human health were better prevented than treated.
On his part, the Director, Pharmaceutical Services, Ministry of Health, Chief Chimezie Uzuegbu, and Senior Special Assistant to Governor, David Anyanwu, commended the NDLEA for its “tireless” efforts in ensuring that the activities of drug dealers and users were brought to the lowest ebb.