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Drug Abuse is Detrimental to your Health – KAAF Nursing Students Educate The Public

One-on-one session with a trader

The KAAF University Nursing Students Association (KUNSA) on Wednesday 20th March 2019 as part of their KUNSA Week celebration took to the streets of Kasoa to educate the public on drug abuse and its related effects on the individual, family and society as a whole. Through sharing of flyers, use of megaphones and by word of mouth, they moved from the Kasoa Overhead where the float started to the new market.

The students who are undergoing training at the main campus of KAAF University College, Gomoa Fetteh-Kakraba explained that, usually when we talk about drug abuse, the public mostly thinks of marijuana (wee), cocaine, tobacco, tramadol, alcohol abuse etc. but actually, when your pharmacist per prescription asks you to take 1 pill in the morning, another in the afternoon and the last one in the evening, but you decide to take all 3 pills at a go because of the intensity of the pain you’re in at that moment, you have equally  abused the drug and have put your health at risk.

At the New Market, the students spent enough time on one-on-one sessions with the traders during which they asked questions concerning their health and were addressed.

“I sell snails here throughout the week and I must say, today has been different because we had free medical education from these nurses. I got to know that when my doctor prescribes a drug for me, after taking it the first day and I feel better it doesn’t mean I should stop the remaining medication but I have to continue the prescription. I am excited because I got this consultation for free and I will definitely share with my family back home” – Adjovi a trader expressed.

The abuse of drugs has detrimental effects on the individual, family and society; it causes liver and kidney failure, mental illness, immune system suppression etc. Cocaine, marijuana, tobacco, alcohol etc. are not the only drugs that can be abused, but pain killers as well. It is advisable to get tested for all diseases or illnesses, for example; malaria before you take medications.

Speaking to Ms Otu Darko Janet, the President of KUNSA about what informed their decision to educate the public on drug abuse, she explained that, during clinical-session at different hospitals as student nurses, they realized that, most people are hospitalized and some passing away, because of drug abuse.

She stated that research conducted by the Mission of Hope Society, a health centred non-governmental organization in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana indicates the alarming rate at which the youth are engulfed in the use of marijuana (wee) and excessive intake of alcohol.

A situation she described as very alarming and perilous hence the need to intensify the message on its effect on the individual and the nation as a whole. She, therefore, called on corporate entities, organizations, groups and individuals to help intensify this campaign to save more people from the effects of drugs abuse.

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