2023 Session 16 Report – Addressing Drug Abuse

  • Title: Itsekiri NextGen Project: 2023 Session 16 Report – Addressing Drug Abuse
  • Date: Saturday, 20th May 2023
  • Topic: Drug Abuse: Harmful Substances and Prevention
  • Venue: Former Caravan 4, Aja-Pessu (Pessu Town), Warri
  • Volunteers Present: 5
  • Total Number of Attendees: 50
  • Timings: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Resource Person: Omatsola Okpeayeghan


The 16th session of the Itsekiri NextGen Project, held on 20th May 2023, focused on addressing the critical issue of drug abuse among young individuals. With 50 participants, including 5 dedicated volunteers, the event aimed to spread awareness and discuss preventive measures.

Session Delivery:

The session commenced with the participants actively maintaining a tidy environment, reflecting their commitment to the cause. After a brief recap of the previous session, emphasizing the importance of vigilance in everyday life, the coordinator introduced the day’s topic, “Drug Abuse: Harmful Substances and Prevention,” and invited Omatsola Okpeayeghan to lead the discussion.

The facilitator initiated the session by inviting the attendees to share their understanding of drugs and drug abuse. Many participants provided accurate responses, and the facilitator stressed that drug abuse is not limited to hard drugs but also includes the misuse of medications meant for pain relief and cough treatment, such as tramadol and codeine.

The attendees were informed about the harmful effects of drug abuse on the body, and they were encouraged to avoid such substances. Some participants shared eye-opening experiences they or their peers had with hard drugs, recounting incidents of individuals going insane due to drug intake.


  1. Omatsola Okpeayeghan
  2. Diden Kingsley
  3. Jolomi Tedeye
  4. Debi Amadedon
  5. Emmanuel Egbe
  6. Eworitsemogha Wyse

Key Activities During the Session:

The session also recognized the International Day of the Boy Child, shedding light on the challenges faced by young boys in society.

Challenges Encountered:

During the session, there was a temporary disruption caused by a power outage as the generator went off.


The 2023 Session 16 of the Itsekiri NextGen Project proved to be an insightful and impactful event, highlighting the urgency to combat drug abuse among the youth. The personal experiences shared by participants underscored the devastating consequences of drug misuse, emphasizing the need for continuous awareness campaigns and preventive measures to protect the younger generation. The dedication of volunteers and the active participation of attendees ensure that the project continues to make a positive impact on the community.

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