On Saturday 29th of June 2019, PSN-Young Pharmacists’ Group Oyo State celebrated the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (celebrtaed on June 23 all over the world) with a rally to sensitize the general public about dangers of drug abuse and how it can be curtailed. This was done in collaboration with National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Pharmaceutical Association of Nigerian Students (PANS) and Association of Indutrial Pharmacists of Nigeria(NAIP).
The rally kicked off in the streets of Agbowo. Young Pharmacists and Student Pharmacists held placards, fliers and stickers sensitizing motorists, car riders and pedestrians on dangers of drug abuse. The rally team proceeded to Bodija market where Mrs. Titilayo Ashiru (NDLEA Head of Rehabilitation and Counseling) spoke to the market women on the dangers of drug abuse.
Young pharmacists and Pharmacy students also educated the passerbys about the different substances that are commonly abused, drug misuse and the dangers of engaging in self medication.
A person struggling with substance abuse approached the team seeking help; he was counselled by the NDLEA team and connected with an NDLEA official in Oyo State.
The rally came to an end at Bodija Ojuirin where group photographs were taken.