FG Bans Codeine Syrups Production In Nigeria

FG Bans Codeine Syrups Production In Nigeria

Health experts had been calling for the ban of codeine in Nigeria as the abuse of the substance became incessant. Isaac Adewole, made the decision known in a statement issued by Mr Olajide Oshundun, Assistant Director of Information in the ministry, in Abuja on Tuesday.

Aisha said on her Instagram account that her NGO, Future Assured has also recently launched a campaign against substance abuse.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has been directed to put an end to the importation of cough syrup that has codeine content in respect to the high in take of cough syrup that has codeine in it.

According to Punch, the Minister said cough syrups containing Codeine should be replaced with dextromethorphan which is less addictive.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control [NAFDAC] was also directed to fully carry out its functions among others: to regulate and control the manufacturing, distribution and sale of drugs, including inspection at points of entry of drugs, drug products and food for compliance with the new directive.

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has been directed to continue enforcement activities on Pharmacies, Patent and Proprietary Medicine Vendor's Shops and outlets throughout the country.

"We hope that full stakeholder engagement will result in impactful action against the abuse, smuggling and faking of drugs on the continent".

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Saraki, disclosed this in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, to commend the BBC Africa's "Africa Eye" documentary: "Sweet Sweet Codeine", which detailed the widespread prevalence of drug and substance abuse in Nigeria.

To aid effective implementation of existing Acts, regulations, policies and guidelines on codeine control and usage, Professor Adewole called for collaboration and synergy among FMOH, PCN, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Nursing and Widwivery Council of Nigeria (NMCN).

He also ordered government agencies to increase vigilance around abuse of other medication such as tramadol, a powerful pain killer popular with jihadists such as Boko Haram.

I have noted with alarm the exponential rise of drug abuse in our country, especially in the North.

He stated that Civil Society Organizations shall be strengthened to deliver effective sensitization, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation services.

"The report was that between Jigawa and Kano states, over three million bottles of codeine are consumed on a daily basis".

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