A Psychologist at Total Life Enhancement Centre Ghana (TOLEC GH), a mental health advocacy Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) operating in the Northern region, has attributed the rampant abuse of drugs among the youth to high unemployment in the country.

Crescensia Baarkoh noted that the frustration of highly qualified graduates not securing jobs after school and the general economic situation in the country had led to alarming rates of abuse of drugs in the country.

She said this at a school outreach programme organised by TOLEC GH to educate students of the Tamale Presbyterian Senior High School (SHS) on substance abuse and its related issues.

The programme formed part of the NGO’s Mental Health Literacy and Counselling Services (MENTHALICS) project aimed at educating Senior High School (SHS) students on mental health and its related issues.

It educated the students on causes, dangers and other negative consequences of substance abuse, which is in line with the NGO’s efforts at helping to combat drug misuse among students.

She expressed worry that the phenomenon was on the rise among the youth, especially students and said it threatened their health.

She cautioned them against the use of illicit and performance-enhancing drugs and said misuse and unauthorised use of drugs could have adverse effects on their health, including, mental illness.

Mr Issahaku Abdallah, a team member of TOLEC GH, encouraged the students to be advocates in response to the misuse of drugs among their peers and other youth in their communities.

He appealed to all stakeholders to join the campaign against the abuse of drugs in the country to keep the youth healthy and encourage them to contribute to accelerate development.