3 Reasons Codeine Ban May Not Work
While the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole may be thinking that his order for the ban on the importation of Codeine, a cough syrup, will curb the growing spread of drug abuse in Nigeria, he could be wrong.
Adewole had earlier ordered the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to place a ban on the further issuance of permits for the importation of codeine for cough syrup preparations and other uses.
Now, Bounce News brings to you three reasons why Codeine could still be selling out quicker than 'hot amala' despite the ban.
1. Codeine Is Being Celebrated in Music
The last song Mavin Records first lady, Tiwa Savage performed days after the Codeine ban during the Headies Awards, was a collaboration with DJ Enimoney, Reminisce and Slimcase titled 'Diet'
The song which is believed to promote the abuse of codeine, was performed at a time of the widespread epidemic of opiate abuse in Nigeria.
It is now a common sight to see users drink large amounts of codeine to get high, with the Senate recently revealing that there are over three million bottles of the syrup in northern Nigeria being abused.
Despite these dizzying stats, the drug lifestyle is somewhat promoted in the Nigerian music industry as millions of youths across the country consume songs like 'Diet' and the banned 'Science Student' which one or way the other promote substance abuse.
Will songs with such effects be banned?
2. Enforcement Is Not Always Effective
As with many things in Nigeria, implementation can be very dodgy.
It's not enough to announce the ban of a substance, rather implementation is key.
From sensitisation campaigns enlightening the general public on the ills of said drugs when taken in overdose, to manning the ports and pharmaceutical companies to ensure compliance, there's a lot that will have to be done to ensure strict adherence to the ban.
Will Nigeria's porous borders now become tight?
3. Marijuana Ban Did Not Work - Seun Kuti
Seun Kuti, son of late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, also seems to be of the opinion that the ban imposed on the importation of codeine will not be effective.
Seun Kuti said the ban would only help drug dealers to make more money, and mentioned that the ban will follow the way of the Marijuana ban which did not work.
“Igbo (marijuana) has been banned since forever (unjustly) but e still dey everywhere. The reactionary ban of Codeine by the FG only means drug dealers will make more money from it. It can’t affect supply. #Bigpharma”. he tweeted.
Time will tell.