Youth smoking faeces, drinking sanitary pads worrying – NACOB

By Philip Tengzu, GNA

Wa,(UWR), Jan. 23, GNA – Mr Issahaque Bakuri,
the Upper West Regional Commander of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) has
expressed worry about some youth who smoke dried faeces and soak used sanitary
pads to  drink.

“There is a new trend in which the youth are
abusing drugs. They mix dried faeces with other substances like marijuana and
smoke while others also boil either new or used sanitary pads, sieve the water
and drink, which has become worrying”, he explained.

Mr Bakuri, who revealed in Wa on Wednesday
when Mr Ambrose Dery, the Interior Minister called on him as part of the
minister’s official tour of the region, said the abuse of the traditional drugs
such as marijuana among the youth had reduced partly due to the new trend

The Minister was in the region on official
duty to interact with the security agencies to ascertain their challenges and
to announce to them government’s intervention in the sector to improve the
welfare of personnel and to boost the security situation in the country.

Some of the agencies the minister visited
included; the National Disaster Management organisation (NADMO), the Ghana
Immigration Service (GIS) and the Ghana Police Service among others.

Mr Bakuri said it was difficult to fight the
new trend due to the lack of a legal regime against that and appealed to the
Interior Minister to help to devise means of stopping it as well as
facilitating the enactment of laws to fight the new trend of substance abuse.

He said currently, the NACOB was carrying out
sensitisation and education on the dangers of drug abuse including; the smoking
of faeces and drinking of water from sanitary pads to help end the menace.

He said the NACOB was yet to determine the
chemical composition of the sanitary pads to enable them carry out an informed
sensitisation to the public.

Mr Dery gave the assurance that he would
facilitate the enactment of a law on the holistic approach to fighting all
forms of drug abuse in the country.

He advised the youth not to be carried away by
substances that were purported to make them “feel high”, adding that they were
vital in the national development drive.

The Interior Minister entreated parents to
punish their wards who abuse drugs and also counsel and advise them saying,
“You cannot be fighting a course without knowing what it is”.

He also urged the NACOB not to leave out the
borders and the airport in their activities.

On the GIS, Mr Dery said they were the first
point of contact for any person coming into the country and urged them to
present a positive image of the country.

“You are the first people visitors to the
country will meet. So be professional, first impression is very important”, the
Minister said.