The Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA Buba Marwa, advised Nigerians, particularly the youth to desist from taking illicit drugs.

He, gave the advice at the 2023 Press Week Lecture/Symposium, organised by the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ Lagos Chapel.

Marwa who was the guest of honour, stressed that drug abuse had become rampant among the youth and a big problem in the society.

According to him, drug is a substance taken other than food and water. Whenever it is taken, it changes the functions of the body.

He added that some youths engage in drug abuse as a result of curiosity, low self-esteem, ignorance, imaginary pressure, relieve of anxiety and other reasons.

Marwa , who was represented by the NDLEA Deputy Director, Rita Okpere, said that drug abuse also caused damage to organs of the body.