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The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to develop preventive strategies against drug abuse and its consequences.

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While noting that such strategies include creating a general as well as a demographically-targeted enlightening campaign, the House urged the government to direct the National Orientation Agency to devise an enlightenment campaign against drug abuse in the country.

Also, the House urged the government to increase the budgetary allocation to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and ensure that the agency gets its funding directly from the Presidency as was the case when it was set up in 1989.

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The House also wants all relevant government health institutions to develop new and improved treatments to help people with substance abuse disorders to recover and achieve a normal life.

The House also prevailed on the government to establish functional rehabilitation centers “which will have the financial and bureaucratic status of specialist hospitals with psychiatrists, psychologists, toxicologists, counsellors and other experts to manage these hospitals.”

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Furthermore, the House mandated its Committees on Narcotic Drugs and Health Care Services to ensure implementation of the resolutions and report back within six weeks for further legislative action

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