A Non-Governmental Organisation, Parent-Child Intervention Center, has advised mothers to be proactive against child drug abuse within their neigbourhoods.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Center Peggy Chukwuemeka, gave the advice on Friday in Enugu in a message, tagged “Mother’s Day: Mothers Must Take Full Responsibility of Children’s Mentoring’’.

The 2019 Mother’s Day will be commemorated in many countries, including Nigeria on Sunday, March 31st.

Chukwuemeka said that mothers should beware that many factors at home can influence a child’s attitudes and propensity to use drugs.

She observed that among the risk factors in the home environment are psychological, physical, or sexual abuse, living with parents who abuse alcohol and other drugs, witnessing fights at home, parental neglect, parental depression or psychopathology. The Executive Officer added that these factors can be modified and improvements made in the home environment and the concerted efforts of mothers can assist children avoid drug use.