The Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) says a lot of students are consuming cannabis through their hot pepper sauce (‘shito’) at school.
The Deputy Director of NACOB, Michael Addo who disclosed the information urged parents to take interest in what their wards consume while in school.
He added that failure to do so is the reason many students were resorting to unscrupulous vendors whose products were laced with illegal and dangerous substances.
He made these revelations when officials of NACOB destroyed some eight tonnes – one million cedis worth of marijuana and cannabis following a court directive, as he urged parents to “please prepare better shito for them”.
Addo alleged that some alcoholic beverage manufacturers are infusing cannabis into their products, a situation he cautioned against and called on consumers to be vigilant.
NACOB was ordered to burn the dangerous substances seized from drug peddlers in the just one year – June 26, 2018, to June 26, 2019.
Mr Addo disclosed that among the illegal substances destroyed were cannabis and Khat – a drug which causes excitement and euphoria – intercepted at the airport, various borders in the country and at the Ghana Post.
He said while Khat is not grown in Ghana, the country’s ports are being used to export it to Europe and the United States of America.
“Most of the other drugs that we control, cocaine, heroin and others will also be destroyed as soon as a court judgment is given for their destruction,” he said.
This he said, is to prevent people from getting their hands on them.