Buba Marwa, chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has said one in every six persons between the ages of 15 and 64 in Kano State is a drug addict.
Marwa made the disclosure on Monday, when he paid a courtesy visit to the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.
“In Kano State, drug abuse prevalence is 16 percent, that is, in every six persons, one is a drug addict and they are between the ages of 15 years and 64 years”, he said.
The state is said to have close to two million drug users abusing tramadol, codeine and other cough syrups, rather than cannabis.
“I will like to mention here that since I assumed leadership of NDLEA in January, we have seized over two million kilogrammes of assorted drugs, estimated at billions of naira.
“Eight thousand people were arrested and 1,600 are now serving jail terms in correctional service facilities, and we are still working.
“Drug abuse has gone to the level of destroying our families unless is tackled with all seriousness it deserves,” he stated.
According to him, the use of drugs fuels criminal activities ranging from banditry to kidnapping and armed robbery, among others.
He commended the Kano State government for being a worthy partner in tackling drug abuse.
Marwa urged the state government to make legislation that will prevent politicians from giving drugs to youths.
He also urged the government to make legislation on compulsory drug abuse test for intending couples as part of measures to fight against drug abuse.