Minister for Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Abubakar has said the Federal Government was commitment to scale up its response to drug abuse epidemic and rehabilitation of victims.
Aisha said this when some members of the Queens College Old Girls Association, Northern chapter, visited her in Abuja.
She noted that drug abuse had become a major public health and security challenge in Nigeria, saying it placed a significant threat to the social, health, economic fabric of the family and the productivity of the nation at large.
She said that most women and children affected are afraid to report or give information because they may be ridiculed, stigmatised or isolated.
Aisha said the ministry was open to work with committed stakeholders who can join in the efforts to stop the negative tide.
Earlier, the President of the Association, Fatima Betara, said that drug and substances abuse as well as addiction were serious epidemic particularly in the North.