25% of Cameroonians have already dabbled in drugs with 60% of them youths between the ages of 20 and 25.
This is one of the findings revealed today July 8th, 2021 by the Minister of Public Health, Dr. MANAOUDA, during his closing declaration of activities marking the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Cameroon.
The data on the circulation and handling of drugs in Cameroon has exploded over the past ten years to the point of making Cameroon, which was only a country of transit, an area of destination, culture and abuse of substances.
Psychotropic , drugs, the latest surveys carried out on the phenomenon underlines, Dr. MANAOUDA Malachie, establishes that 25% of Cameroonians have already had a hard drug experience. 10% of them are regular users, 60% of whom are young people between 20 and 25 years old.
The range of drugs in circulation is wide and varied. Ranging from tobacco and psychotropic substances to alcohol and counterfeit drugs.
The Minister of Public Health dwelled on the case of Tramadol marketed under the name,
*Tramol* which is however subject to specific control. The Minister of health notes that: “This product is sought after by individuals of all ages and all social categories, not only to relieve back pain, nor to calm rheumatism pains, but for many other reasons. ” He also referred to the use of tobacco and its products, indicating that about 9% of Cameroonians are active consumers.
More seriously, 15-year-old are affected at more than 15% with a higher prevalence in schools. Based on other indicators, the repercussions are considerable.
Apart from disorders, liable to lead to dependence (or even lead to disability) which requires adequate care. Statistics show that our country records nearly 66,000 smoking-related deaths each yea