Sierra Leone’s President, Julius Maada Bio, has declared a national emergency due to widespread drug abuse across the country.

The use of “kush,” a synthetic drug similar to cannabis and tramadol, has been on the rise, particularly in urban areas.

President Bio highlighted the severe impact of this drug on communities, emphasizing its accessibility to unemployed youth.

Health experts warn of its damaging effects, including permanent brain damage and suicidal tendencies. To combat the issue, Sierra Leone has established rehabilitation centers and task forces.

Similar struggles against drug abuse are observed in neighboring countries like Guinea and Liberia.

President Bio’s actions reflect a growing recognition of the urgent need to address drug abuse as a critical public health and societal concern.

(Source: BBC)

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