Avoid substance abuse: Prof Mwenje

Bindura University of Science Education Vice-Chancellor Professor Eddie Mwenje implored University students to stay away from dangerous behaviour such as substance abuse which has ruined a lot of potential in young people.

This comes after the Government declared war against drug and substance abuse. The scourge has become a major concern in the nation as young people have become addicts and some losing their lives to drugs.

Prof. Mwenje, who was addressing first-year students during orientation week, urged them to seek assistance early if they encountered problems to avoid jeopardising their lives or dropping out of their studies.

“It is of paramount importance that I talk to you about existing and emerging health challenges which are HIV and AIDS, Covid-19, and drug and substance abuse.

“I know you have a lot of knowledge on these issues, but I need to remind you to be responsible and avoid risky practices that endanger your health.

“Choose your friends carefully and avoid risky behaviour. Yes, you are an adult with full rights, but that comes with responsibilities as well,” said Professor Mwenje. 

“For many of you who are at University for the first time, it is important to acclimatise yourself to University life as early as possible.

“There are support structures in place to assist you whenever you encounter problems. I am therefore exhorting you to utilise available student support services in the University. It is also important to note that you now have a new common identity,” said Prof Mwenje

He urged students to plan their work carefully by creating a balance between their study and social life, and maintain their health to avoid working under unnecessary pressure. 

Professor Mwenje advised the students to think before they act in everything that they do. He implored them to build a good name for themselves on social media and be mindful of the information they share on social networking sites.

He encouraged them to use technologies to their advantage rather than for self-destruction, and familiarise themselves with institutional policies on social media and cyber space etiquette.