Drug abuse continues to be the major risk behaviour among youth and adolescents, with physical and mental health complications. Despite the known risks associated with the drugs, adolescents continue using these drugs.
This paper reveals the prevalence of drug abuse among adolescent’s in Nigeria, problems associated with drugs abuse, reasons why adolescents are vulnerable to drugs abuse and the role of Television in the campaign of curbing the menace of drug abuse.
Despite efforts by the Nigerian government through her Drug Enforcement Agencies, the rate of drug-related crimes in the country seems to be on the high side on a daily basis. Drug abuse causes a lot of risk among the adolescents; it results to gang formation, armed robbery, mental illness and cultism. Studies revealed that most of the drug addicts started smoking from their young age. As they grow older they seek new thrills and gradually go into hard drugs. There was an indication that 65 percent of high school students used drugs to have good time, 54 percent wanted to experiment to see what it is like, 20–40 percent used it to alter their moods.
The Agenda-setting theory was found suitable for this paper; the paper discussed some campaign strategies that can be utilised by Television stations and owners in combating drug abuse. It concludes by prescribing some ways of curbing the menace arising from drug abuse.
Erndeal, O (2019). The Role of Television in the Campaign against Drug Abuse. Afribary.com: Retrieved March 06, 2021, from https://afribary.com/works/the-role-of-television-in-the-campaign-against-drug-abuse
Owax, Erndeal. "The Role of Television in the Campaign against Drug Abuse" Afribary.com. Afribary.com, 29 Dec. 2019, https://afribary.com/works/the-role-of-television-in-the-campaign-against-drug-abuse . Accessed 06 Mar. 2021.
Owax, Erndeal. "The Role of Television in the Campaign against Drug Abuse". Afribary.com, Afribary.com, 29 Dec. 2019. Web. 06 Mar. 2021. < https://afribary.com/works/the-role-of-television-in-the-campaign-against-drug-abuse >.
Owax, Erndeal. "The Role of Television in the Campaign against Drug Abuse" Afribary.com (2019). Accessed March 06, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/the-role-of-television-in-the-campaign-against-drug-abuse