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SUBSTANCE/DRUG ABUSE AMONG NIGERIAN YOUTHS: THE ROLES OF CURRICULUM REFORM
Substance abuse is a serious global and international issue particularly in developing countries like Nigeria where the problem of drug abuse has become a major concern both to the government and to the society. This paper examined the meaning of drugs and substances that are commonly abused such as stimulants, narcotics among others. The paper also examined some of the risk factors involved such as smuggling substances of abuse through porous seaports and land borders as a result of corruption and compromises at the point of entries. The prevalence of drug abuse, effect of drug abuse and the importance of drug/substance abuse education were also highlighted. The various stakeholders in drug education and the need for curriculum reforms and development were also identified.
Keywords: Curriculum reform, drug education, drug abuse.