As part of efforts to reduce the increasing rate of drug abuse and alcoholism in Assin Fosu Municipality, the Assin North Municipal Assembly in collaboration with Assin Fosu Habitat Youth Club have launched a campaign dubbed “ SAY NO TO ILLEGAL DRUGS AND ALCOHOLISM”.
The Assin Fosu municipality has been in the news for bad reasons in recent times as a result of cannabis, marijuana and cocaine abuse by the youths and its related repercussions.
Globally, marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug. Classified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, marijuana is a mood-altering drug that affects almost every organ in the body.
A primary component of marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
When a person smokes cannabis for instance, THC is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, reaching the brain within minutes.
It also disrupts other parts of the brain, adversely affecting balance, posture, coordination, and reaction time.
This can make it unsafe for a person using marijuana to drive a car, operate heavy machinery, or engage in sports or other potentially dangerous physical activities.
It’s against the aforementioned background that the Assin Fosu Habitat Youth Club and the Municipal Assembly are so keen in the fight against such canker.
Speaking at the program, the Assin Fosu MCE expressed worry about how some community chiefs in the area have taken centre stage in the marijuana business.
However, the chairman of Assin Fosu Habitat Youth Club, Victor Arhin explained why they have taken centre stage in the fight against drug abuse.
Meanwhile, Theodora Mintah, a mental health nurse at Assin Fosu polyclinic, cautioned the Ghanaians to stay away from illegal drugs since it has a serious negative effect on their brain.