WINDHOEK: Namibian Police Deputy Commissioner Elias Mutota says it is important for law-enforcement agencies to educate young people about the dangers of drug abuse, instead of just waiting to pounce on offenders.
Mutota, who is the coordinator of the Namibian Police Force’s (NamPol) National Drug Awareness Campaign, told students at the University of Namibia (Unam) here on Tuesday that the police started this campaign last month, with the specific focus on the youth.
He explained that the youth are the primary targets of drug dealers.
“You, as Unam students, are the future leaders of this country. But if you become drug or alcohol addicts, this country will not have future leaders,” Mutota told them.
He said in most cases, violent crimes committed in Namibia are perpetrated by people who had abused either alcohol or drugs.
The Deputy Commissioner charged that even the recent killing and battering of a student from the International University of Management (IUM) was reported to be connected to drugs.
“Therefore, as the Namibian Police, it is our duty to give the youth of this country the correct information related to drugs because drugs also have the effect of causing forgetfulness and depression, amongst others,” Mutota said.
He advised students to refrain from drugs and alcohol-related activities as these sorts of activities would not help them excel in their studies.
Mutota also warned students to stop wasting funds that are meant for studies by spending it on drugs, advising them to rather invest these funds in the purpose for which they were originally intended.
“You will also in future become fathers and mothers, and I can guarantee you that no parent wants to see their children becoming drug addicts,” he noted.
Drug addicts do not usually grow into old age, as most die young. The use of drugs destroys a person’s mental state, and most perpetrators of violent crimes always claim not to have known what they were doing.
“Of course, this is true because drugs can cause mental problems. If you go to rehabilitation centres, many of the people there are long-term drug users,” Mutota stressed.
The NamPol National Drug Awareness Campaign is held under the theme “Say No To Drugs”.
The campaign, which was so far launched in the Kavango and Khomas regions, will be extended to all the other 11 regions of the country this year.