- A 28-year-old man has revealed that he began smoking and drinking at the age of 10
- He said he was later introduced to marijuana at age 16 or 17
- He later quit university to sell drugs
A Ghanaian young man has opened up about his tumultuous relationship with substance abuse, and how it is he came to be a drug addict in a recent interview on the Late Afternoon Show.
Everyone knows of the perils of drug abuse, but unfortunately for those still in their teens - and in this case, younger than that - it is also pretty easy to get roped into experimenting with drugs.
Sadly, this is the pretty much the story of a 28-year-old young man who's only identified himself as Nii.
Speaking on GhOne's the Late Afternoon Show with host Berla Mundi, Nii related how he began with smoking cigarettes at the tender age of 10.
He said growing up, he saw his father and uncles smoke and remembers thinking that it was a normal thing.
He said he later got introduced to smoking marijuana, commonly known as weed, by a friend around six years later when he was about 16 or 17.
"He thought you smoked cigarettes so you might just want to try weed.” he said on the show.
Nii said his first taste of weed made him feel good, and revealed that after he found he get a hold of the substance, he later started selling it to other people. This included both the young and old, including prominent Ghanaians like government ministers.
“They sell drugs in a lot of places in Ghana,... you have to be introduced by somebody or you have to be a certain kind of person,” said Nii.
Nii said that due to the drugs and how much money he was making, he later quit university where he as in his fourth year studying for a math degree.
"I was also selling the drugs and getting money from soundbites and jingles I was making for certain people. I could see like 3 to 4 grams a day," Nii said.
This means Nii was making a good deal of cash, especially considering the fact that he says he sold a gram for GHC200. Nii went on to say that he reached a point where he could no longer do anything without taking drugs, at which point he decided to seek help at St. Francis Clinic and Rehab Center in Ashaiman, Greater Accra.
He says he's been clean and off drugs for four months now and feels all the better for it, and urged other young people to stay away from drugs.
“It’s good to try new things. It is good to explore but not every new thing is good and not every good thing is actually good. The drugs stop you from developing so don’t do drugs,” he concluded.
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