Young people have, overtime, imbibed the culture of taking hard drugs as a means of deriving ecstasy not minding the after effect of their acts.
The menace of drug taking has gradually and consistently permeated the society as majority of Nigerian youths indulge in the act, including the learned and the illiterates.
The Guardian checks revealed that while some addicts largely influenced by their peers, others ignorantly used it as a means of boosting their ego, some as a result of failed parenting, while the rest do it to relief frustration.
At least five in every 10 persons in the university community are either hard drug users, dealers or know someone who uses hard drugs.
Although, the university management has set rules against the use of these drugs, most students still have means of smuggling these drugs, using and selling them.
Some addicts who spoke with The Guardian under condition of anonymity, gave reasons why they indulge in the act. The reasons range from their inability to study well, to having a sense of belonging and then having an “extraordinary feeling.”
While some feel remorseful for ending up as an addict, others see nothing wrong in their chosen way of life.
University of Ilorin student, who does not want his name mentioned, said he smokes to enable him read and assimilate faster.
According to him, he started from taking ordinary cigarettes, but as time went on, he realised that the cigarette was not doing the trick for him so, his peers introduced him to weed.
When he started taking weed, he didn’t have to take much to get him going, so, he found solace in weed and since then, he has not been able to come out of it. Gradually, he started caring less about his education, he eventually stopped going to classes and now he has an extra year.
A student of Kwara State University (KWASU) said he grew up in a broken home, no one had the time for him so he always did anything he wanted, when he got into school, he actually wanted to be a better person for himself and his mother because she got custody of him, so he read very hard but he could not assimilate so a friend introduced him to Adderall and his energy skyrocketed.
“Adderall is a combination of medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It works by changing the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain. Amphetamine/dextroamphetamine belongs to a class of drugs known as stimulants. It can help increase your ability to pay attention, stay focused on an activity, and control behaviour problems. It may also help you to organise your tasks and improve listening skills,” according to WebMD.
He said with Adderall, he read and passed all his examinations. Gradually, he became addicted as the drug gave him extra energy till he fell into deep depression. He could not eat, he could not sleep and he could not do without the drugs and he started failing his classes. “So I have to go and seek help and my doctor is helping me.”
A microbiology student of Adeleke University, Osun State, said he is addicted to Codeine because it enables him multitask his brain as it helps him think about a lot of things at the same time especially during exams. “But it only lasts for a couple of hours after which I will have to do it again and now I’m so hooked on the substance.”
Another former addict who identified himself as Ayomiposi, said, “Drug addict is up and coming monster that the education sector of the country has produced. Most addicts are under the umbrella of ‘schooling in Nigeria is stressful.’ Truly, the system is really complex and they resort to the only thing that gives them freedom. They seek solace in the wrong thing, which is drug and crime. Government should do something to curb it and also put some standards in place to make education is less stressful.”