Students of Kumasi Technical Institute have received strong admonishing from health experts on substance abuse.
Dr. Maame Konadu (Senior Clinical Psychologist at Tafo Government Hospital) have warned them to snub misleading notion that abusing or taking substances especially Nescafe and marijuana will aid them in their studies by enhancing the retentive ability of their brain.
She described that assertion as a big lie, warning that it leads to the gradual impairment of their cognitive capacity.
Dr. Konadu who is one of the health partners of the No Business as Usual Project’s week-long school outreach program made this statement on Friday 25th June 2021 at the assembly hall of the institution.
The meeting with the students was held under the auspices of the project.
Abuse of tramadol, cocaine, alcohol plus other stimulants and depressants according to her should be avoided due to the attendant health ramifications such as mental illness, seizures, anxiety, hallucination, damaged organs among others.
In her presentation, she cited how the menace has affected the academic performance of students, encouraging that students who are in the act should call it quit and that those who are yet to “should never attempt it because the consequences are dangerous”.
Dr. Terry Kessie, a Physician Assistant and partner to the project in his address bemoaned the skyrocketing rate of drug abuse among Ghanaian youth. He disclosed that substance abuse among girls is fast increasing, adding that it is very common among students.
Most students who are into it according to him are finding difficulties coming out of it. He therefore advised school authorities especially the Guidance and Counseling Unit under GES to identify students suffering from such conditions and counsel them out of it.
Present at the event were the Principal Mr. Mintah Bieni, Master Chaplain Rev. Osei Yaw, Senior House Master Prosper Mensah Gemadzie among others.