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FDID concludes survey on drug abuse

FDID concludes survey on drug abuse

A pilot survey on the ‘Abuse of Drugs,’ financed and undertaken by the Foundation for Democratic Initiatives and Development (FDID-SL), a civil society organization working towards the enhancement of citizen’s participation and involvement in the upholding and promoting of sustainable development through effective information dissemination, dialogue for, advocacy, lobbying, civic education and community driven activities, has been completed and findings made public.

As a youth oriented and youth led organization, it was but urgent to do a pilot survey on the use of illicit drugs in the Central Business District of Freetown.

Two survey methods were employed in order to ascertain the level of drug misuse in society (Freetown).

First, questionnaires were prepared and subsequently administered to three hundred and fifty respondents.

The response was nevertheless quite shocking, in that, 241 respondents say they had either traded in illicit drugs or used one or another.

Focus group discussions were conducted in five different areas within the community. The findings from group discussions confirmed the result of questionnaires administered. The result obtained from analyses of data collected left the FDID with no other option, but put the fight against drug abuse at a fore in its agenda.

Realizing the close link between drug abuse and HIV/AIDS, FDID became worrisome and wasted no time bringing to the attention of partner organizations, the need to finding ways of combating same.

The findings however brought to birth a project proposal that was already submitted to the British High Commission for consideration.

In an interview with the legal and youth advisor of the FDID at his 24 Seville Street office, Mr. Llyod Hindolo Jusu, disclosed his organization’s zest in working with youths all over the country in the enhancement of a drugs and a violence free society.

He further stressed that they are asking the government and other well meaning organizations in the country to work with his organization to help salvage the problem of youth in the country.  He noted however that the youth are our future leaders and called on Sierra Leoneans to look upon the youth as developmental partners and not idle people.

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