Mental Health: Expert Warns Youth Against Drug Abuse


By Lilian U. Okoro

A mental health advocate, Mr Anegbode Odion, has cautioned the youth to desist from drug abuse in the interest of their mental health.

Odion, the Vice-President of Heritage Advancement Forum (HAF), gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos.

He warned that youths should stop abusing drugs and substances to forestall mental health problems, adding that over 90 per cent of mental illnesses were caused by drug abuse.

Odion regretted that many youths did not know the implications of drug involvement, saying that it could affect someone’s mental, moral, financial and physical behaviour.

According to him, it is imperative to make youths understand the mental health implications of their action in abusing drugs.

He explained that the chronic use of drugs by youths could lead to short and long term changes in the brain, which could lead to mental health issues such as memory loss, depression, anxiety and…

Source: News Agency of Nigeria