The recent ban placed on Tramadol and the clampdown on the issuance of permits for the importation of codeine as active pharmaceutical ingredient for cough preparations has reportedly given rise to the abuse of new psychoactive substances.
That much information was revealed by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Commander in Yobe, Apeh Reupen while addressing guests and participants at the 2018 commemoration of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Damaturu.
He said; “Many emerging psychoactive substances are now being marketed in replacement of tramadol. The potency of these locally invented drugs is similar to the synthetic one.
“The emerging problem of the new psychoactive substances especially among the youth in the state is becoming a matter of serious concern.”
Reupen added: “In spite of our campaign to reduce drug trafficking and abuse, record available still shows that the arrest and seizure of illicit drugs is on the increase.”
Mr Reupen, therefore, appealed to states government and individual organisations to support the war against drug abuse.
“I call on all and sundry to rise to the occasion and wage credible war against this monster that has eaten deep into the fabric of the Nigerian society,” he said.
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