Codeine Ban: See What Nigerians Are Saying
The Federal has ordered immediate ban on issuance of permits for the importation of codeine as active pharmaceutical ingredient for cough preparation.
The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, who gave the directive on Sunday in Abuja, said the move became necessary due to the gross abuse Codeine across the country.
Mixed reactions have, however trailed the ban.
See comments below:
Heartbreaking and distressing watching conversations on #codeine addiction become a north vs south issue. Nigeria breaks my heart everyday. Why can't we understand that unless we unite and fight all the scourges, together as one , we have no hope?— Kadaria Ahmed (@KadariaAhmed) May 1, 2018
Q: “What are we doing differently to tackle this #DrugAbuse issue?”— The Senate President (@SPNigeria) May 1, 2018
A: To curb the widespread misuse of #codeine and other illegal substances, @NGRSenate has developed two Bills - the #DrugControlBill and the #MentalHealthBill. pic.twitter.com/le5WcPftV6
This #codeine addiction issue won't fix itself. It is everybody's problem.— Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) May 1, 2018
The #DrugControlBill and the #MentalHealthBill that @NGRSenate is set to introduce will help to curb the illicit trafficking of controlled substances.
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Some celebrities are the reason why some youths started consuming #codeine— Olabode???? (@the_olabode) May 1, 2018
Music is powerful.
Banning Emzor #codeine is not the answer to the drug abuse trend. We are talking about People who are trying everything, (from sniffing petrol to pit toilet) just to get high. How long will it take them to find another drug to abuse?— Samuel Nwite (@sunansammy) May 1, 2018
Codeine Addiction is a global phenomenon that started in the southern states of the US. It got so bad that High Class Night Clubs in NY served it with a twist oftentimes called "Lean'which was a combination of Champagne and 'Syrup.' #Codeine— servant of Allah (@alouibrahim92) May 1, 2018