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Addiction and Substance Abuse

15th Theme of the 19 Days Activism Campaign is about Addiction and Substance Abuse. |Organisation of the Campaign: Women's World Summit Foundation |WWSF|

Addiction is the repeated use of a psychoactive substance or substances, to the extent that the user (referred to as an addict) is periodically or chronically intoxicated.... shows a compulsion to take the preferred substance(s), ....has great difficulty in voluntarily ceasing or modifying substance use,....and exhibits determination to obtain psychoactive substances by almost any means.

Psychotropic are substances which affect the mind or mental processes. Strictly speaking psychotropic drug is any chemical agent whose primary or significant effects are on the Central Nervous System.

#FACTS
•Each year, 320,000 young people between the age of 15 and 29 die from alcohol-related causes..(WHO)
•Atleast 15.3 million persons have disorders related to drug use. (Idem)
•In the United States, between 2000 to 2009, the number of newborns affected by neonatal abstinence syndrome (or neonatal withdrawal syndrome) rose from 1 in 1,000 babies to over 3 in 1,000. According to researchers, an estimated 13,000 were affected in 2009. (HuffingtonPost).

#Why Do People Still Take Psychotropic drugs when the effects are demeaning and destructive...and, How Could They Be Helped? :)
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She was only 7+years old.

She was only 7+years old.
She fell ill 2weeks ago.
Maybe, for lack of hospital in the community.
Maybe, for lack of adequate knowledge.
The parent resolved into spiritual intervention.
It must be a spiritual attack.
Mary couldn't move again.
Yesterday, Mary died in the church.
Where her parent had taken her to.
Today, I crrrriiieeed. Still tear-dropping.
I weep because we just lost a friend .
one of our coolest friends.
I weep for what ignorance could bring.

Last three years, we had a similar case where one of our girls was also 'abandoned' in the church for spiritual healing. She had her legs swollen as a result of the illness. It was a mild fracture, mama assured us. Everything would be fine. Haaa! Fracture? But this is not an hospital. Swiftly, with friends help, we got them moved to a hospital where it was diagnosed that our little friend had kidney problem. She spent more than 4months in the hospital! Today she is alive and in JSS 1.

Sadly, when people resolve to goin…

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