In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 08th, August, 2020

Inside The World Of Drug Addicts Roaming The Streets Of Jos (Images)

Inside The World Of Drug Addicts Roaming The Streets Of Jos (Photos)

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With N200 and understanding the “proper” individual to speak to, you will get excessive on one thing fancy in Jos, the Plateau state capital. The town the place a proportion of Nigeria’s superstars have been raised is quick turning into a hotbed for substance abuse — P-Sq., MI, Ice Prince, Jesse Jags, Mikel Obi are among the many stars who grew up in Jos. However in present-day Jos, diazepam, rohypnol, superdrol, exol 5, D5 (also called yellow gold) and tramadol are simply out there on the streets of the town.

The town boasts of an unceasing provide of the medication for ever growing shoppers. Whereas medication resembling exol 5 and D5 are used to deal with Parkinson’s illness and bipolar dysfunction, rohypnol is used to minimize despair brought on by the abuse of stimulants. Diazepam is used to deal with alcohol withdrawal and despair. Nonetheless, these off-the-counter medication make it to the streets with ease.

“Even when pharmaceutical shops have it, they don’t give it anyhow. It’s based mostly on prescription, however they’ve some guys that settle them. You possibly can’t get it in a pharmacy. You would possibly get them within the pharmacy however they don’t give it out anyhow. They’ve some settled guys that don’t misbehave so they offer them,”
Abdulkadir Hassan, a seller, mentioned.

“I wish to present you two varieties — that is what they name rohypnol; that is the diazepam. This (rohypnol) is N2,000 per sachet whereas this (diazepam) sells for N50 (every).”

Sachets of diazepam and rohypnol bought illegally

Hassan added that marijuana is in regards to the least expensive substance anybody may simply discover in Jos. He and different sellers listed Jenta, Mangoro and Tudun Wada as locations in Plateau state the place marijuana is grown illegally.

Throughout a go to to the Quintessential Healthcare Centre (QHC), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) concerned within the rehabilitating victims of drug abuse, a member of workers who craved anonymity, mentioned the numbers they’ve been treating for substance abuse have gone up up to now 12 months.

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Again on the streets, Cyprian, a person, mentioned ingesting marijuana makes him “sturdy”.

“The benefit of weed smoking causes extra issues however in case you are placing it in greens, whenever you take it, you’ve got extra vitality. However smoking (weed) will have an effect on your lungs. It’s your alternative however some can not cease,” he defined, noting that marijuana is less complicated to give up than opioids, and it was a battle for him to give up the latter.

Kelvin, an on-air character in one of many radio stations in Jos, mentioned it’s medicinal and good for his physique.

“There’s this woman I noticed on Fb, aged 115. You possibly can hardly discover any person wey go attain as much as that age, and in an interview, they requested her ‘mama, what’s the secret of this your lengthy life?’ She mentioned the one factor that has stored her alive for thus lengthy like that’s weed,”
the radio host mentioned.

A drug addict displaying marijuana

Kelvin, who was fidgeting when he began talking immediately grew to become calm after he began puffing marijuana.

For one more person merely recognized as Muktar, leaving opioids is now not doable. “If headache dey fear me, I no dey take medication. I’m going take this factor (marijuana), go discover place sleep. However na capsules I wan cease. I don dey take am tey tey (very long time),” he mentioned.

Saminu Machunga, an rising artiste in Jos higher often known as Smac, blamed enhance of substance abuse on unemployment, including that some junkies consider it will give them inspiration and make them stars.

“I feel there may be substance abuse in Jos and it’s primarily brought on by excessive unemployment fee. There are quite a lot of youths who don’t have jobs. From the individuals I’ve met, they are saying it offers them inspiration and I don’t know if they will again up these claims. Folks will use these items to consider that and everybody desires to be a star,”
Smac mentioned.

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Calvin Taddy, one other artiste higher often known as Storm, mentioned quite a lot of youths are influenced to abuse substances due to what they see on social media. “On this a part of the nation, we’re tremendously influenced by social media, Lagos and the Western world and medicines have been bought of their content material other than style, violence and intercourse as being cool,” Storm mentioned.

“So, simply to really feel like a celeb and one who’s within the leisure circle, medication appear to go hand in hand. Nonetheless I consider it’s a cover-up for fears, inferiority complexes and insecurities. A number of them, on the within, don’t wish to be wild given their background, however they want one thing that lets them say what the heck and do no matter they really feel is trending.

“I do know some aspiring artistes who’ve gone clear for a very long time. They’re closely depending on the medication and there may be nonetheless no progress with the music.”

A juvenile residence for therapy of junkies and rehabilitation of younger individuals

Nonetheless, a few of these customers complained about being stigmatised as a result of that they had used opioids or are nonetheless utilizing marijuana.

“I must take it, if not my agenda of that day is not going to be full. Folks criticise the factor, and in the neighborhood, individuals consider that in case you are taking it, you can’t do good,”
Muktar mentioned.


The Younger Folks’s Residence, a state government-owned establishment below the ministry of girls affairs, says it lacks the capability to completely rehabilitate individuals despatched to the power. Naomi Bature, an official on the residence, mentioned they largely survive on donations to run the establishment.

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She defined that allocation for meals and different wants comes “perhaps twice in a 12 months”, including that “for now, there is no such thing as a meals and we have now been managing all this whereas.” Requested if the house has what it takes to rehabilitate the youngsters who’ve substance abuse issues, she mentioned: “No, in no way. Some college students from the college do come right here to assist us and we too counsel them. We don’t have sufficient beds. Folks come, organisations come to donate and the ministry additionally. However what’s from the ministry will not be sufficient.”


Chioma James, a nurse who has labored with drug addicts, mentioned the federal government may take into account legal guidelines legalising marijuana for medical functions solely.

“Whereas I’d utterly rule out using opioids for no matter motive, there is no such thing as a doubt that marijuana may assist some sufferers. There are individuals with sleeping and consuming issues and it has been discovered that this substance helps. I feel higher legal guidelines when carried out would guard in opposition to abuse of it,”
she mentioned,

A hashish management invoice sponsored by Miriam Onuha, a home of representatives member from Imo state, seeks to control the cultivation of the substance for medical and analysis functions. Though there is likely to be some advantages of marijuana, many creatives and non-creatives in Jos have taken to the substance to ease their worries and have a superb time at social gatherings. However, the relative low cost entry to opioids is popping youths into junkies and so they have been blamed for fuelling violence within the metropolis.


Supply: TheCable

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