Directorate of Drug Demand Reduction
2.7 DIRECTORATE OF DRUG DEMAND REDUCTION
The directorate shall be responsible for:
a. All such activities as shall be necessary for educating the populace on why drugs should not be consumed; and popularization of the anti drug culture through educational programs, seminars, Workshops, Jingles, Radio/TV talks shows/programs, drug awareness postures, etc.
b. Co-ordination of the drug demand reduction activities of the Commands to ensure standardization of professional drug demand reduction efforts.
Drug Abuse Preventive Education (DAPE)
The responsibilities of this department shall include:
a. Cultivation of anti-drug awareness in schools.
b. Propagation of drug awareness through appropriate enlightenment campaigns.
c. Development of drug awareness and drug abuse preventive education curricula for schools.
d. Any other duty as may be assigned by the CCE.
Treatment and Rehabilitation
The Treatment and Rehabilitation department shall be responsible for:
a. Maintenance and operation of the Agency’s Treatment and Rehabilitation Centres.
b. The professional treatment of drug addicts.
c. The Professional rehabilitation of treated drug addicts in conjunction with relevant public agencies and Non-Governmental organizations.
d. Liaison with specialist treatment centres/facilities for the treatment and rehabilitation of drug addicts.
e. Periodic reports on these activities for local and international consumptions.
f. Execution of any other duty as may be assigned by the CCE.
Research and NGO Liaison
This department shall be responsible for specialized research into:
a. Drug demand patterns and trends.
b. Drug demand reduction techniques.
c. Drug abuse preventive education strategies.
d. Treatment matters, and
e. Rehabilitation matters.
f. Liaison with and keeping records of all discourse/intercourse with Non-Governmental organizations involved in drug demand activities.
g. Carry out any other duties as may be assigned by the CCE.
Goals of Drug Demand Reduction
In summary, the Goals of Drug Demand Reduction are:
a. To reduce the availability and overall demand for illicit drugs.
b. To provide factual information to all and sundry (especially those in the high risk group) on the attendant problems of drug abuse and trafficking.
c. To teach personal skills needed to avoid drug abuse.
d. To help those abusing drugs to overcome their dependency and reduce the risk they pose to themselves and others, with the ultimate aim of achieving a drug free and acceptable way of life.
e. To ensure proper re-integration and adjustment of treated drug dependent persons into their families and communities.
f. To build institutional capacity for effective drug data collection and research activities.
g. To de-emphasize the criminality of drug abuse.
h. To ensure proper training/development and utilisation of drug demand reduction personnel.
i. To ensure community mobilisation and participation in the design, formulation, implementation and evaluation of preventive drug abuse education in order to effectively address incidence of drug abuse and trafficking in Nigeria.
j. To increase the level of awareness about treatment and rehabilitation centres and improve the operational capacity of the centres to provide good service.
Drug Demand Reduction Activities
Drug Demand Reduction is a major statutory responsibility of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency. In line with this and to achieve the broad goals of Drug Demand Reduction, three mutual and complementary units discharge the responsibilities.
1. Research and NGO Liaison
2. Drug Abuse Preventive Education
3. Treatment and Rehabilitation
The department collaborates with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in Drug Demand Reduction activities in the country with a view to achieving the Agency’s goals. The Agency collaborates with other Government establishments to achieve the broad goals of Drug Demand Reduction in Nigeria.
3. National Drug Control Master Plan:
4. News and Publications:
The department collaborates with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in drug demand reduction activities in the country with a view to achieving the Agency’s goals. The Agency collaborates with the following NGO’s to achieve the broad goals of drug demand reduction in Nigeria.