CHRISTIAN IHEANACHO AGBOTI
Department of Political Science/
Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo,
Drug abuse has, in recent times, become a global problem demanding sincere conscious remedial efforts in all fronts. It is a social problem that cuts across almost all segments of people in the society (children, teenagers, youths, adults and the aged). In this paper, attempts have been made to examine drug abuse among white-collar workers in the Nigerian workplace, with emphasis on suggestions for remedy and counseling. Predicated on Sutherland’s differential association theory, the paper maintains that drug abuse is determined by socio-cultural values of the people. Based on this socio-cultural theory of drug abuse, workers who come from cultures that permit the consumption of drugs have higher tendency to always use and drugs, and other workers can easily learn from or be influenced by them. Data for the study have been extensively generated through secondary sources such as journals, textbooks, and the Internet. Reviewing an avalanche of relevant literature, the paper has x-rayed the causes, incidence, and effects of drug abuse among Nigerian workers. Insightful strategies have also been proposed for drastic control and/or reduction in drug dependence among workers.