OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has urged security operatives to arrest and prosecute peddlers of illegal drugs like crystal meth, popularly called Mkpuru-Mmiri, and other substances capable of destroying the mental health of citizens in the country.

The House also proposed a national policy that will curb the excessive effect of drugs on the populace.

Furthermore, it urged the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to reintegrate and strategize further on its enforcement and enlightenment capacity to cover the mode and cure for crystal meth addiction which has no medical treatment at the moment.

These resolutions were reached during plenary on Thursday vide a motion presented by Mr. Henry Nwawuba alerting the House of the widespread drug epidemic and the effect of crystal meth on Nigerians especially the youths.

The Imo lawmaker representing Mbaitoli/Ikeduru federal constituency (PDP) said the drug was a highly addictive street form of the pharma grade amphetamine and the ill-equipped handling or stopping of the spread was necessary.

He expressed concern that “many homes in the south east are currently facing the dangerous effect of methampheramine nick-named Mkpuru-Mmiri which translates to seed of water,” adding that “crystal meth is a crystal narcotic hallucinogen that is capable of destroying a person mentally.”

According to him, “an estimated 75 percent of the users in our society are adversely affected and they have become a burden to their families and communities. Since 1990 the production of crystal meth has been hijacked by Mexican drug dealers who set up laboratories in Nigeria for the production of Mkpuru-Mmiri in 2016.

“Methamphetamine also known as crystal meth or Mkpuru-mmiri was developed in Japan in 1919 and grossly abused during the world war II when it was issued to pilots on suicidal mission then called ‘KamiKaze.

“After the world war, it was used briefly as a medication for depression and for controlling obesity, but it was quickly abandoned and banned thereafter especially in the 1970s. As a stimulant, it has a powerful euphoric effect similar to those of cocaine meth typically keeps users awake depriving them of sleep, making them react violently and takes a toll on the physical look of its users.”

Contributing to the motion, Mr. Jonathan Gaza Gbefwi (APC, Nasarawa) urged security operatives to go after the manufacturers.

“One of the major causes of suicide is drug abuse. There is more to be done by our security agencies who should stop the drugs from circulating into our country. The National Orientation Agency (NOA) is supposed to enlighten us on core values, we therefore call on the NOA to put in place programmes for primary, secondary to university to educate our youths on the dangers of drug abuse,” he said.

On his part, Mr. Ifeanyi Momah (APGA, Anambra), canvassed for an explosive raid on the manufacturers so as to curb the circulation of drugs. “There should be an explosive raid on plants and manufacturers and increased budgetary allocation for NDLEA to enable fight drug abuse,”

The motion was unanimously adopted when the question was put by the presiding officer, Deputy Speaker Idris Wase.

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