NDLEA Raises Concern Over Tramadol, Codeine Abuse Among Youths

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Hyacinth Chinweuba

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has condemned the abuse of tramadol and codeine by youths despite the continuous campaign against the use of illicit drugs abuse and the seizures of the drugs by some government agencies.

The drugs are constantly impounded by officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service, NDLEA,Civil Defence Corps and immigration etc.

Speaking while delivering Nigeria’s statement on Crime Prevention, Criminal Justice and World Drug Problem at the United Nations, General Assembly at the UN headquarters, New York USA, Chairman ,NDLEA, Retired Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, the giant of Africa is witnessing high level of abuse of the drugs mostly among youths and women.

Abdallah reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to fulfilling its obligations under relevant international instruments in the area of crime prevention, strengthening criminal justice and addressing world drug problem.

According to him Nigeria had stepped up the implementation of measures to combat the incidence of drug proliferation, trafficking and abuse.

The Chairman reiterated that “Nigeria is witnessing a high level of abuse of tramadol and cough syrups containing codeine, especially by vulnerable youths and women.

“This is a phenomenon common to many countries in the West-African sub-region which has ushered in a new level of transnational organised crimes.

“As a result, a lot of national and sub-regional initiatives, including capacity development, have been put in place to address the situation”.

”This is based on our conviction that strong national commitment and effective international collaboration and partnership are very critical to eliminating the menace of illicit drug flows, ”he stressed.

He said the Nigerian Government had produced guidelines, in tandem with international standards, on realistic estimation and quantification needs assessment for required narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors for medical and scientific purposes.

The NDLEA boss noted the availability, access and control of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursor chemicals for medical and scientific purposes.

The NDLEA boss added that the agency was also countering money laundering and access to controlled narcotic drugs for medical and scientific purposes.

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