Mr. Justice Peter Ansah, Gomoa West District Secretary of the Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS), has advised chemical store operators in the country to help educate the general public on the right use of drugs.
This, Mr. Ansah said, would go a long way to buttress efforts the Ministry of Health was making to reduce drug abuse among Ghanaians.
Mr. Ansah was addressing a cross section of residents of Gomoa-Ankamu, popularly called Apam Junction, in the Central Region, on the dangers posed by drug abuse.
He warned the public against self-medication stressing that, when they are purchasing drugs from chemical store operators they should endeavour to ask the dealers for proper guidelines.
Mr. Ansah, himself a trained chemical store operator, made it clear that indiscriminate use of drugs could lead to the escalation of health problems and unexpected deaths.
He said despite the fact that most of the drugs were prescribed by qualified medical officers, there was the need to solicit for further education on the drug from the trained chemical store operators.
Touching on the chemical store dealers, Mr. Ansah advised the operators who have not acquired the requisite training and knowledge for their work to avail themselves for such vital training to guide their day to day operations and the safety of their clients