Parents at the Community Conversations Bamenda speak Out

THE INFLUENCE OF ONE’S SOCIAL CYCLE (PEERS) CAN BE A STRONG MOTIVATOR IN DEVELOPING DRUG ADDICTION.

THE INFLUENCE OF ONE’S SOCIAL CYCLE (PEERS) CAN BE A STRONG MOTIVATOR IN DEVELOPING DRUG ADDICTION.

During the community conversation in Bamenda, one parent commented, “I think peer pressure plays a role in drug abuse, since most young people are comfortable accepting advice from friends and colleagues, which leads them to make poor decisions such as drug abuse.

When we visited various schools as part of our Drug free schools and community campaign, we found out that there was a real problem pushing young people to take drugs.

Majority of students were keen to share their collective views on the causes of drug abuse. The most prominent phenomenon that frequently occurs among young people is “peer pressure”, which is considered to be the basis of drug abuse. Their ability to take drugs is strongly influenced by their peers, as when they see their friends and colleagues battling drug addiction, they develop feelings and a desire to try it to see how it works.

Are there other causes we are missing out?

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