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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has proposed to hold out drug checks for single women before commencing marriages.
Mohammed Mustapha Abdalla, NDLEA Chairman, disclosed on Friday, August 21, 2020, while abolishing confiscated outlawed substances in Maiduguri.
Abdalla stated that drug examinations could also be involved in premarital screenings because of the rise in the rate of drug addiction amongst women and married ladies, Daily Trust reports.
Abdalla mentioned the target of unlawful peddled medicine which hitherto was once among the male youthful population was quick increasing to now comprise teenage girls, young ladies, and old married women.
“As an extension of the proposed Drug Integrity Test Policy for the public servants, the agency is considering partnering with religious leaders to make drug testing a prerequisite for marriages in churches and mosques as the case for HIV/AIDS”, he stated.
The NDLEA boss mentioned that the importance of the exercise was to make sure that all usurped illicit medicine were put out of circulation, adding that 19,234.58 kilograms of prohibited substances together with controlled prescription drugs, cocaine, cannabis Sativa, and heroin have been razed.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) earlier in 2018 recounted that drug usage was uncovered between the South and North geopolitical zones.SOURCE: Scannews24.com