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Abuse of Codeine, others: Expect more youths with mental illnesses –Psychiatrists

Nigerian medical personnel have warned that the nation will likely see more youngsters battling mental issues in the wake of the upsurge in the use of the now banned codeine and other hard drugs.

Last week, a harrowing report by the BBC brought to the fore the rising scourge caused by the use of illicit drugs by millions of young Nigerians across the country.
Based on the report, the Federal Government promptly banned the importation of codeine as active pharmaceutical ingredient for cough preparations into the country.
However, a number of medical personnel Sunday Telegraph spoke to, clearly pointed out that the measure might not be enough to prevent youngsters from laying their hands on the drug, which is not only very addictive, but also has life threatening side effects.

New Telegraph, May 6, 2018



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