The state commander of the agency, Aliyu Adole, who spoke on Monday, said the trend was “worsening every day.” He said, “They (children) use syringe and needles to inject illicit substance to their veins.
“The substances embolden them to carry out all sorts of vices, unprotected sex inclusive,” he said, adding that the command had arrested many children while in the act.
“We took some of the children to Gombe State Agency for the Control of AIDS and some of them tested positive to the virus.”
Mr. Adole said some of the children have “scary and unpleasant looks” due to the adverse reactions of the drugs.
“We have tried to counsel them; we have tried to let them know the repercussions of taking illicit substance, but they do not to listen to us,” he said.
The commander appealed to parents to monitor the behaviour of their children, stressing that they (parents) have special role to play in assisting them to stay off drugs.
The Child Protection Network, an NGO in Gombe, had identified increase in the consumption of illicit drugs among children as one of the major challenge the network was tackling.
The CPN Adviser, Yaya Hammari, recently called on parents to always observe the behavioural pattern of their children and report any sudden and unexplained change.