In a shocking revelation, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) discloses that youths in Borno State are resorting to drinking fermented human urine, preserved over 10 days, as an alternative to hard drugs.
The Commander of Narcotics in Borno State, Iliyasu Mani, brought this unsettling information to light in a recent statement made in Maiduguri.
The NDLEA Commander pointed out that the abuse of psychoactive substances is rampant among the youths, who are experimenting with unconventional materials such as lizard dung, camel urine, Lipton soaked in gin, and even mentholated spirits mixed with soft drinks.
Additionally, he highlighted that these desperate individuals inhale toilet fumes and gutter dirt in their quest to achieve a state of intoxication.
Mani emphasized the gravity of the situation, stating, “These new psychoactive substances that are commonly abused today include Cannabis Sativa, skunk, cough syrup with codeine, Ice, Tramadol, Rohypnol, Diazepam, Pentazocine, rubber solution, glue, gutter dirt, toilet fumes, lizard dung.
Others include Lipton soaked in gin, camel urine, Mentholated spirit in soft drinks, 10-day-old human urine, and so on.”
Despite the NDLEA’s efforts, Mani expressed concern that substance abuse is becoming increasingly challenging, especially among young teens and women.
However, he assured the public that the agency is intensifying its prevention strategy by establishing a remodeled counseling and rehab center within the Borno State Command premises.
Additionally, the NDLEA Commander revealed the establishment of drop-in centers across tertiary institutions as drug abuse research centers.
Under Mani’s leadership, the NDLEA has made significant strides, seizing 4.5 tonnes of illicit substances and arresting 863 suspects.
Of those apprehended, 53 have been convicted, while 736 are currently undergoing counseling.
The NDLEA remains steadfast in its commitment to combatting the rising tide of unconventional substance abuse in the region.