Drug Abuse Is Global Issue -Deputy Youth Affairs Minister

By Aruna Rashed Toma Bangura

The Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs, Lusine Kallon has asserted that the abuse and misuse of narcotic drugs among youths in Sierra Leone is a global phenomenon.

According to the Deputy Minister, the Youth Affairs Ministry engaged both the Office of National Security (ONS) and United Nations to do an assessment and they have come to the conclusion that there is high percentage of drug addiction.

The Deputy Minister on Tuesday 28th January, 2020 at the African Young Voices (AYV), Board Committee Room signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Henrietta Mbawah Foundation Office of National Security and the Legal Aid Board (LAB) for the premiering of a violence full movie titled “CRIPS TOWN” that will serve as a sensitization against youth violence and the abuse of drugs.

Alusine Kallon furthered that the movie, which is written by Henrietta Mbawah, a TV and show personnel, is a unique advocacy of a video thriller that will serve as mitigation strategic.

The Executive Director of LAB, Fatmata Claire Carlton Hanciles said many times LAB is faced with the issue of drug abuse and misuse, adding that every year new set of drugs are released.

According to her, drug addicts are now competing with the babies for diapers which they use as drug to get high, noting that the issue of drug abuse is endemic as the youth are taking drugs excessively and unnecessarily.

Various speakers spoke on the abuse of drugs amongst the youths, including the Director of Disaster Management and Control at ONS, Francis Langoba Keili, and the CEO, Henrietta Mbawah Foundation and writer of the movie “CRIPS TOWN,” who urged government to make solid foundation for the youth, describing the economy as not only cracked but broken.