The development was disclose to newsmen in Gussu by the Principal Staff Drug Demand Reduction Officer, Mr Ladan Hashimu, the head Zamfara State Command.
Hashimu said that the rate at which young persons were engaging in various forms of drug abuse had called for the agency and public concern.
He said that 42 persons who were recorded with psychiatric problems in 2019 are currently receiving treatment at the Psychiatric Hospital at Anka, adding that seven of them are females.
The NDLEA officer, who said that the fight against drug abuse was a collective responsibility, enjoined all stakeholders to support the ongoing effort at ending the menace.
“It is the duty of everyone to play his or her own role in achieving a drug-free society,” he said.