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NACOC Warns Drug Users to Stay Away From Schools

The Narcotics Control Commission cautions the public against using public schools for illicit drug activities

by Victor Adetimilehin

The Narcotics Control Commission (NACOC) has issued a stern warning to the public to refrain from using public schools for their illegal activities. 

According to a statement released by NACOC on Monday, January 29, 2024, the Commission has observed with grave concern the rampant abuse of public schools by persons with drug use disorders across the country. 

A Threat to Public Health and Safety

According to NACOC, the classrooms are used as places of trade, bedrooms, smoking areas, and even as places of convenience by drug users. This poses serious security, public health, and safety risks to students and teachers, and hinders academic performance.

The Commission said it will not hesitate to clamp down and prosecute offenders by Act 1019, which mandates the Commission to ensure the public health and safety of the citizenry. The public is also reminded that the possession and use of marijuana and other similar narcotic substances is still unlawful and punishable under the law.

A Collaborative Effort to Mitigate the Problem

NACOC said it is working with key stakeholders such as the Metro, Municipal and District Assemblies, Ghana Police Service, Traditional Leaders, Christian Council, Ministry of Education, and Ghana Education Service to ensure that the looming threat is mitigated.

Parents, teachers, and students are also assured that the Commission will work tirelessly and collaboratively to address the issue of drug users exploiting public schools and classrooms for their illicit drug activities.

The appropriate authorities encourage opinion and community leaders, as well as teachers, to report individuals who are observed engaging in such acts so that prompt action can be taken.

A Call for Awareness and Prevention

The Commission also urged the public to be aware of the harmful effects of drug use on their health, well-being, and social relations. They also appealed to the public to support its efforts to combat the menace of drug trafficking and abuse in the country and to cooperate with its officers in the discharge of their duties.

The Commission expressed hope that all stakeholders can collectively resolve the problem of drug users in public schools and secure the future of the nation’s children.

Source: Modern Ghana 

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