The spectre of having angry looking young people roaming through our streets is a vision that must concern every parent and guardian in our environment today.Not only are we facing the advent of cultism in the secondary schools, not to mention the tertiary institutions, we are daily inundated with reports of very young people being involved in totally abysmal acts of cruelty and vandalism whose only result usually is tragedy and loss.
Among the intelligentsia, there is a fondness for drugs like Fentanyl, a potent analgesic used often in the operating room and in the intensive care unit and also with Ketamine, an anaesthetic that produces euphoria and a feeling of being able to fly. These drugs are available to the people who know where to get them and how. Many, of course, obtain them on self recognition and no questions are asked. It is a sad testimony to the fact that the process of drug control in our country remains a far cry from what can be described as adequate or even safe. Worse, the very people who sell these drugs are frequently unaware of what they are marketing or what they are used for, not to mention to what uses they can be put beyond those indications named by the manufacturer. For example, who would say that petrol, a now ubiquitous good in Nigeria, can be used as a form of substance abuse by youths?