Causes of drug abuse

When drugs are wrongly taken by a person, they are said to have been and can become harmful. Drugs must only be taken under proper guidance and advice; otherwise, they can be abused. Someone who cannot do without a particular drug is called a drug addict such a person is said to be into drug addiction. A drug addict is likely to perform poorly at school or work.

 Factors contributing to drug abuse

  1. Ignorance, or illiteracy
  2. Peer pressure,
  3. Cantonment
  4. Inability to resist the Temptation
  5. Pride

Effects of abuse of stimulation

  1. Restlessness,
  2. Sleeplessness
  3. Mental disorder
  4. Loss of appetite
  5. Convulsion
  6. Withdraw dependence, socio Economic effects,
  7. Poor work performance,
  8. Debts,
  9. .Stealing, frauds, armed robbery, social outcast
  10. 10 School dropouts

Sources of drugs

Small scale sources:

  1. Hawkers,
  2. Herbalists,
  3. Provision sellers, snacks stores,
  4. Pharmacists



Barons, beer parlors keepers, hotel clubs, large scale sources..

Prevention of drug abuse and life coping skills

How do we prevent drug abuse to give a child?

1 We should have regular exercise.

2 We should make sure that whatever we eat or drink will be good for our health.

3 We should avoid bad friends. We should always refuse to do wrong things, even if all the people around us are doing them.

4 We should engage in such sports as football, tennis and athletics.

5 As much as possible, we should join such good youth clubs as Boy Scouts and Girl Guides.

6 We should obey our elders and religious leaders. This is very important because they teach us about what is right and wrong.


Strategies & Activities

Step: Teacher revises the previous topic.

Step 2: Teacher introduces the new topic.

Step3: Teacher explains the new topic.

Step4: Teacher welcomes pupils questions.

Step5: Teacher evaluates the pupils


Assessment & Evaluation

1 List four factors that are responsible for drug abuse.

2 Mention the effects of drug abuse on people.

3 Identify the major sources of drugs in society.

4 List behaviors that promote physical well-being



Lift the three (3) good places you can get drugs.

2 Use your dictionary to find the meanings of the following words:

  1. a) Harmful
  2. b) Abused
  3. c) Ignorance
  4. d) Illiteracy
  5. e) Attitude
  6. f) Habit g) Misuse
  7. h) Appetite
  8. i) Athletics
  9. j) Dropout

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