Dr Marcus Vandi, Head of Psychiatric Unit, Yola Specialist Hospital, Adamawa, has raised alarm over the increasing rate of drug abuse among youths in the state with teenagers as young as 13 years of age also among those abusing drugs.

Vandi, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Yola, expressed concern over the increasing rate of drug abuse among different age groups.

According to him, the hospital admits over 100 cases with mental and other related health issues.

”The use of psychoactive drugs especially among youths, is becoming an issue of concern.

”On daily basis, the hospital receives between three to five mental cases mostly related to drug abuse.”

He said that almost all the patients were males between ages 13 and 55.

Vandi advised parents to inculcate good moral upbringing in their children, to enable them to stay away from drugs.

He said that the hospital lacked modern equipment and adequate personnel and urged the state and Federal Government to support the hospital in these areas.

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