The Southern Region Police Commander (RPC), Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Francis Nkwaya has told students breaking off for holidays to ensure they keep safe and refrain from any unlawful act.
The RPC made the remarks on July 19 while addressing over 2000 students from five schools located in Huye town in an event held at Huye Stadium in Huye District.
“You are going home for holidays, there is a lot you are required to do but priority is keeping yourselves safe from any malpractices. Keep away from illicit drugs and report to authorities any person who may attempt to lure you into consuming illicit substance or other crimes,” ACP Nkwaya told students.
He further outlined different types of drugs and their effect on human health and went on to remind students that since they are the future of the nation, their welfare is paramount.
“Drug consumption leads to decrease in the ability to pay attention, declining in performance in class, destruction and increased potential for dropping out of school,” said the RPC.
He went on to tell the youngsters that drug abuse can cause emotional problems, like anxiety, depression, mood swings, or hallucinations which can result to poor judgments thus committing other crimes.
Medical experts say illicit drugs can affect virtually every body part causing permanent brain damage, cardiac diseases and many others.
“Many young people who indulge in illicit substances experience problems with how they relate with other people in the community.”
Among other effect the RPC highlighted include, violent behavior, withdrawal or loneliness, and depression.
“You can avoid falling victim of these effects by keeping away from drugs, take part in social development programs and be role models in ensuring public safety in your neighbourhoods back home,” ACP Nkwaya
The event which was also characterized by the destruction of several drugs seized in the district was also attended by Prosecutor Oscar Mukamirwa, several police officers, local leaders and school teachers.