Energy Drinks, Sweet But Dangerous
Energy Drinks in different shapes and sizes are a common sight in an average supermarket in any city in Nigeria. No thanks to the ubiquitous hawkers competing for space with vehicles on crowded roads, commuters also have limitless choices from the various brands of can drinks they advertise.
The preponderance of these sweet drinks and the relative cost rather than their origin has made them the favourite of many Nigerians. But they are also very dangerous for various reasons. Their sources (many of them bear foreign brand names) and the quality and quantities of their ingredients are suspects.
Energy drinks consumers have been particularly cautioned by health practitioners to minimize if not totally avoid the consumption of these drinks. Also, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NAFDA) has equated the content of some of these drinks to narcotics and other harmful drugs.
The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Adamawa Command has declared that energy drinks are most dangerous than Indian hemp.
He said this while expressing concern over high influx of energy drinks into the state.
Yakubu Kibo, Commander of the Agency in the state raised the alarm at a one-day lecture on Leadership Qualities, Good Governance and Effects of Drugs on Society, on Sunday in Yola.
The lecture was organised by Committee of Nassarawo Juma, a Mosque in Jimeta-Yola North Local Government Area of Adamawa.
Kibo, who was represented by Umar Dankolo, Head of Rehabilitation and Counseling of the Command, said that the command the development had become a daily occurrence.
“The NDLEA, Adamawa Command, is disturbed over the high and frequent influx of energy drinks into the state.
“Some of these energy drinks are illicit and hazardous and are more dangerous than Indian hemp,” kibo said.
The commander advised the people to avoid such drinks, adfing they were harmful.
Kibo noted that illicit drugs were the major causes of 80 per cent of all conflicts and crises globally and that the situation was the same in Nigeria.