New form of drug abuse in Sierra Leone

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Today is the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is a United Nations international day against drug abuse and the illegal drug trade. It is observed annually on 26 June, since 1989. The observance was instituted by General Assembly Resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987.

As a country we have to put some seriousness in the campaign against drug abuse to save future generations.

When you stir, butter, sweet milk and sometimes sugar its gives you butterscotch.

However, these days preparation of butterscotch has a new dimension as young people mix it with cannabis, tramadol and other harmful substances, used to drug unsuspecting victims, and also a way to initiate others into abusing drugs.

This mixture and more of its kind has negatively impacted young people, and their development aspirations.

The Officer in Charge of the Kissy Psychiatric Teaching Home, Dr Jalloh said, most of his patients at the hospital are young people who abuse different types of drugs and the trend is alarming.

“This new form of drug abuse is hazardous to young people and the repercussion for their consequences are enormous however because of peer influence and so many other things they tend to follow the tide” he added.


Globally, cannabis (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.
Marijuana comes from the dried flowering tops, leaves, stems, and seeds of the Cannabis sativa (hemp) plant.

People use marijuana to achieve a feeling of elation (a high), giddiness, and relaxation. Marijuana also produces sensory perception changes; colors may seem brighter, music more vivid, and emotions more profound. Some people experience feelings of paranoia.

When people consume cannabis for recreational purposes, they might experience the following effects:

  • changes in perception, due to a slight hallucinogenic effect that can create a distorted illusion of time and space
  • mood changes, leading to euphoria, feelings of energy, or a state of relaxation
  • higher heart rate
  • reduction in blood pressure
  • impairment of concentration and memory
  • reduced psychomotor coordination
  • nausea, even though some cannabinoids may help reduce nausea
  • increase in appetite
  • faster breathing

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