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Use of ‘wee toffee’ on the rise among SHS, JHS students

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Prince Kofi Yeboah, the mental health coordinator for the Bongo District in the Upper East Region, has voiced concern over the surge in the sales and usage of psychoactive chemicals on the different campuses of senior high schools (SHSs) and elementary schools.

He notices that the excessive use of these substances is causing young individuals to progressively lose their faculties.

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In an interview with Bolgatanga-based A1 Radio, Mr. Yeboah remembered how some students came to him for assistance after using these medications nearly drove them insane.

He stated that although there is little usage in junior high schools (JHS), senior high school (SHS) students are the main users.

According to him, it is crucial that parents and administrators at various schools pay close attention to children, students, and pupils in order to guarantee that they combat drug usage among these teens.

“Wee toffee is quite common now, and maybe that is just the tip of the iceberg. It is more common in the senior high than in the junior high, and there are students who sell wee toffee” he said

Mr. Yeboah added, “A student at an SHS sold wee toffee to another, and when he took the toffee, it was a disaster; he failed his WASSCE because, during the exam time, he rushed into my office and was like doctor, help me, I am running mad. Upon interrogation, he confessed taking wee toffee, and when he sits down, he feels like people are after his life”.

 

 

 

 

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