Multi-Award Winning Celebrity Shrink, Mental Health Physician & Advocate, CEO of Pinnacle medical services and Initiator of Pinnacle Medicals Speakout Initiative, Dr Maymunah Kadiri charged the students of Albesta Academy, Lekki Lagos to shun use of drugs and have no association with it for the sake of their health.
Acknowledging the national drugs and Alcohol facts week, with the theme “shatter the myths” a drug abuse awareness campaign aimed to shatter the myths that teens get from the internet, social media, TV, movies, music, or from friends by linking teens to science based facts on drugs, Dr Kadiri spoke on the effect of drug abuse, how it affect students’ intelligence and the structure of the brain leading to brain damage.
In her words, drugs can cause the brain to send the wrong signals to the body. This can make a person stop breathing, have a heart attack or go into a coma. This can happen the first time the drug is used and Marijuana smoke has more cancer causing chemicals than tobacco and, smoking marijuana as a teen cause loss of IQ points that you may never get back.
Speaking on the myths and facts on drugs, Dr kadiri noted that many Nigerian youths actually believed If you smoked pot on the weekend, you’d be fine by Monday; but the fact is that the effects of pot (marijuana) can last for up to 3 days, it will impair memory, reflexes and coordination.
Addiction can happen at any age, even unborn children can get addicted because of their mothers’ drug use and you cannot tell if marijuana, weed or other substances are added to your food, so everyone must be careful of the company he or she keeps.
She promised enough materials will be provided to the school which will enable the students to read more on drugs abuse and the implications.
The students represented by Boluwatife Omolayo and Samuel Solarin appreciated Dr Kadiri’s for the lecture and also admonished other students to stop drugs use and know that it affect the body system.