They started with marijuana, (and marijuana is still widely used and sold in the country by many) then stepped it up to ‘do-gee’, feeling no longer at ease, they jumped to cocaine and soon propelled to heroine; from there on, they massively entered the drug culture where, in seeking never-ending satisfaction, they have now turned into grotesque drugs abusers and explorers engaging everything that falls their way only to get, and keep high until they kiss the sky or end on cloud nine; with the wantonly reckless usage of tramadol, grinding dead people’s bones from the graves into powder to smoke; the boiling of disposed pampers from the garbage sites and used same for smoking including a whole wide range of other incredible materials to add up to the infamous drug habits have eclipsed their innovative sense of purpose and belonging
As the drugs culture taking its negative toll on the future of Liberia wherein painting it with a very large, chronic, bleak, dark and unpromising and futuristic leadership gap, let alone hope that lead to doomsday, it is preposterous; that those labelled Zogos, pathetically drowning in the muds of the drug culture, are not alone, considering some well camouflaged and protected gurus politely, and sometime sporadically in their comfort zones, are also major shareholders, movers, shakers and abusers of the drug breaking through the country from many directions, and rapidly transforming the nation into a land with no sound and well packaged intellectually, intelligently, innovatively and responsibly to take up the mantle of future leadership.
Drugs have successfully set the roadmap in absolute motion that could ruin this country’s chances to, firstly be proudly counted in the comity of a drug-free society. Secondly as the drug kingpins feel very pleased with their dangerously damaging toxic commodity is selling fast, and massively realizing a ground swell of global consumers; while in Liberia, the government is dragging its feet at a very discouraging snail pace tempo in working out a stronger and tougher drug law in an apparent drive to saving the half-finished future of Liberia.
The drug culture has also extensively revolutionized a sizeable segment of the demographic and a country whose successors to the thrown of futuristic leadership are all vested dwellers of ghettos, street corners at all times, as schools become mini-slaughter houses for drug abusers, churches being stripped off their sacred kudos to utilize the spoils of drug’s resources from drug mafias; the survivability of Liberia’s future does not only hang in the balance, but gradually sliding in the orbit of an angry quicksand as the leaders reluctantly look on without an ounce of second thought; while many splinter groups in defense of saving the nation’s future by demanding not only a stronger and tougher drug law, but to carve productively proactive programs that will restore the rapidly eroding hope and resourcefulness of the already ruin tomorrow’s leadership.
Currently, too many people are doing drugs for many reasons; some as total business with clients planted in high places in society and are completely shielded by the touch-not privileged few; some as unstoppable abusers and the other generation known as the declared slaves to drugs with no expectation of seeing or doing anything usefully meaningful besides doing drug as the only chance of surviving. What then does this say or suggest to you or what do you make of the drastically looming catastrophic that could land on this country’s future when the only echo to be thundering will be, ‘future leadership bankruptcy’.
Interestingly, when the time has finally arrived; when Liberia will be advertising the urgent need of personnel to take up leadership responsibilities from other countries; then although it’d be too late to recuperate; but the standing lesson for all will be pepper does not hurt or burn in dog’s eyes alone. Therefore we must listen very carefully and keenly to the many voices wailing in the wilderness to save the future of Liberia from being thrown to the wolves (drugs culture); time to work much harder to positively turn the corner is now, because if the task takes a long time, it is wise enough to begin early. Believe it or not, drug is eating up this country’s tomorrow; drug is finishing this country’s future and above all, drug is killing the minds of Liberia’s future hopefuls, and no one seems to care, but history, somewhere, someway, somehow, and by and by, will judge all players harshly when the time comes.
What are the other health effects of marijuana?
Marijuana use may have a wide range of effects, both physical and mental.
- Breathing problems. Marijuana smoke irritates the lungs, and people who smoke marijuana frequently can have the same breathing problems as those who smoke tobacco. These problems include daily cough and phlegm, more frequent lung illness, and a higher risk of lung infections. Researchers so far haven’t found a higher risk for lung cancer in people who smoke marijuana.8
- Increased heart rate. Marijuana raises heart rate for up to 3 hours after smoking. This effect may increase the chance of heart attack. Older people and those with heart problems may be at higher risk.
- Problems with child development during and after pregnancy. One study found that about 20% of pregnant women 24-years-old and younger screened positive for marijuana. However, this study also found that women were about twice as likely to screen positive for marijuana use via a drug test than they state in self-reported measures.9 This suggests that self-reported rates of marijuana use in pregnant females is not an accurate measure of marijuana use and may be underreporting their use. Additionally, in one study of dispensaries, nonmedical personnel at marijuana dispensaries were recommending marijuana to pregnant women for nausea, but medical experts warn against it. This concerns medical experts because marijuana use during pregnancy is linked to lower birth weight10 and increased risk of both brain and behavioral problems in babies. If a pregnant woman uses marijuana, the drug may affect certain developing parts of the fetus’s brain. Children exposed to marijuana in the womb have an increased risk of problems with attention,11 memory, and problem-solving compared to unexposed children.12 Some research also suggests that moderate amounts of THC are excreted into the breast milk of nursing mothers.13 With regular use, THC can reach amounts in breast milk that could affect the baby’s developing brain. Other recent research suggests an increased risk of preterm births.27 More research is needed.
- Intense nausea and vomiting. Regular, long-term marijuana use can lead to some people to develop Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome. This causes users to experience regular cycles of severe nausea, vomiting, and dehydration, sometimes requiring emergency medical attention
Moreover, it was published that West Africa continues to serve as an important transit hub for cocaine and heroin coming from the Latin American and Asian producing countries to European markets. The porosity of borders in West Africa, weak rule of law and limited infrastructures and resources allow traffickers to smuggle large amounts of drugs without being detected.
The Government of Liberia is committed to preventing organized narco-criminal groups from gaining a foothold in its territory but still faces challenges in terms of adequate resources and specialized skills to respond to this threat.
Since 2011, UNODC supported Liberian authorities in combating illicit drug trafficking and transnational organized crime under the West Africa Coast Initiative (WACI) project and has thus supported the establishment and functioning of the Liberia Transnational Organized Crime Unit (TCU). Both the TCU and the Liberian Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) have recently achieved positive results in the number of seizures and arrests relating to drug trafficking.
For instance, in December 2018 and January 2019, LDEA officers conducted two effective joint operations, resulting in the remarkable seizure of 26 kg of heroin valued at US$910,000 and the arrest of eight (8) individuals in Paynesville and Grand Cape Mount County. Prior to that, in November 2018, LDEA and the Liberia TCU officers also seized 8 kg of unprocessed heroin from a passenger’s luggage at Roberts International Airport in Monrovia. The seizures were made possible thanks to intelligence gathering and proactive investigations between LDEA, TCU and various international partners.
WACI Member States, which include Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia and Sierra Leone, are working together to foster a regional response to growing security threats in West Africa. Launched in 2009 as a comprehensive and multi-stakeholder partnership between the Department of Political Affairs (DPA)/UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), UNODC and the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), WACI is designed to support the implementation of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Political Declaration and Regional Action Plan to Address the Growing Problem of Drug Trafficking, Organized Crime and Drug Abuse in West Africae.
When you use street or club drugs, you’re taking a lot of risks. The drugs are dangerous, and usually there’s no way to know how strong they are or what else may be in them. It’s even more unsafe to use them along with other substances like alcohol and marijuana.
Here’s a rundown of common street drugs and the health threats they can pose.
These designer drugs came on the scene fairly recently and became popular fast. That may be because they were easy to get and used to be hard to detect in drug tests.
They’re highly addictive, and they come in a crystalline powder that users swallow, inhale, or inject.
Despite their name, bath salts have nothing in common with products you can use for a soak in the tub.
What else they’re called: Plant Food, Bloom, Cloud Nine, Ivory Wave, Lunar Wave, Scarface, Vanilla Sky, or White Lightning.
What type of drug is it? Bath salts contain manmade stimulants called cathinones, which are similar to amphetamines.
What are the effects? These stimulants increase levels of dopamine, a brain chemical that can create feelings of euphoria.
This drug comes in different forms. A user can snort the powder type through their nose or inject it into their bloodstream. Crack is a crystal form of the drug that’s smoked and absorbed into the bloodstream through the lungs.
What else it’s called: Blow, Bump, C, Candy, Charlie, Coke, Crack, Flake, Rock, Snow, or Toot.
What type of drug is it? Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant made from the coca plant. Crack cocaine is even more addictive.
What are the effects? It triggers your brain to release dopamine and creates a euphoric feeling. The high is intense but short-lived, which leads people to use it repeatedly to try to keep the feeling going.
The risks are:
- Increased heart rate
- High blood pressure
- Increased body temperature
- Stomach pain, nausea
- Loss of appetite, malnourishment
- Heart damage and heart attack
- Loss of smell, nosebleeds, and problems swallowing
- Higher risk of HIV and hepatitis C due to sharing needles or other drug equipment
- When used during pregnancy it can cause spontaneous abortion, low birth weight, birth defects, and a baby born addicted to the drug
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