Substance abuse: Music industry glamourises drugs– Lagos Police spokesperson, Benjamin Hundeyin, says
The spokesperson of the Lagos state Police Command, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, has said that the prevalence of substance abuse has made the work of policing more difficult as the music industry has consistently glamorized drug use over the years.
The police spokesperson made this assertion at the 2023 Press Week Lecture/Symposium, organized by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), in partnership with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Lagos Chapter on Thursday, September 28.
“The music industry is not helping us in any way. They glamorize drugs. Not all that glitters is gold.” he said while urging the elderly Nigerians to join in the fight against drug abuse
He said that a lot of superstars are involved in drug abuse. According to him, when musicians have health challenges, most times they will not want to go to the hospital but rather invite a nurse to treat them at home because they are using drugs.
“Going to the hospital will expose that and they don’t want people to know.” he said
According to him, behind most crimes in society, there is substance abuse or drug addiction among youths. He said the command regularly arrests criminals in the state and in 90 per cent of the cases, the criminals blame their actions on drugs.