The Eastern Regional Minister, Seth Kwame Acheampong, has advised students of the Koforidua Senior High Technical School to desist from the use of narcotic drugs.
That, according to him, would make their academic future bright.
He said relying on such illicit drugs, students, would destroy their academic future and become burdens to their parents, as well as society.
The Regional Minister advised at a seminar organised for the students by the Perfector of Sentiments (POS) Foundation, a non-governmental organisation dedicated to human rights, in collaboration with the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).
The seminar was on the theme “Prevention of the use of illicit drugs; the youth, our future”, and was attended by students and their tutors.
According to the minister, the use of illicit drugs had negative effects on one’s brain, which impaired the judgement of the user.
That, Mr Acheampong said, usually made the users take dangerous decisions that affected their relationships with others.
Apart from that, he stated that students who relied on narcotic drugs performed abysmally at school and had extreme difficulty in overcoming the problem of drug abuse.
Mr Acheampong gave a myriad of reasons why people go into drugs including curiosity, peer pressure or even boredom, while others used them as a way of escaping from problems or dealing with stress or anxiety.
The Regional Minister indicated that it was important for the students to understand and acquire knowledge on what drugs were, the types and what they could do to the human brain and body.