President Julius Maada Bio has declared drug abuse in the country a national emergency and outlined measures to combat a synthetic drug popular with young people.

President Bio, said in an address to the nation that the use of the drug known as Kush has been prevalent in the country for years especially in urban areas.

He said his government was working to dismantle drug trafficking networks in the country, as the drug is easily accessible to unemployed young people seeking an escape from poverty and traumas of life.

Recall, in February, Sierra Leone’s government established a rehabilitation centre for victims of drug abuse, setting up a ministerial task force, after experts warn that Kush intake can lead to permanent brain damage and suicidal actions.

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