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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Tramadol Fever

LAST week’s interception by men of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, and men of the National Agency for Food and drugs administration and Control (NAFDAC) of 68 containers laden with tramadol worthN13.7 billion and other unregistered pharmaceutical products in two consignments must have sent a jolt to the spines of Nigerians .

THE first consignment of the dangerous drugs estimated at N6.4 billion was stopped at Apapa Port, Lagos on November 15, while the second, stacked in 10 containers valued at  N7.3 billion was intercepted few days later by NCS at the same port. Both consignments were said to have been imported into the country from China by yet to be identified unscrupulous importers .

DIRECTOR-General of NAFDAC, Prof Mojisola Adeyeye, while informing the public about the development said 2,840 feet containers suspected to contain tramadol from India were blocked from entry into the country, adding that the blockage was erected by a joint examinations of containers at the Apapa Port, Lagos.

SHE also said the inspection was coordinated by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS).

ACCORDING to her the containers were part of the 86 under the agency’s watch list since November 2017, adding that 23 ocontainers examined so far were loaded with Tramadol of various strengths ranging from 120mg to 250mg as well as other unregistered pharmaceutical products known to be injurious to health of the public, particularly our youths.

TRAMADOL according to Adeyeye, who is also a professor of pharmacology, destroys children’s brain thereby threatening the future generation of the nation.

IT is analgesic (painkiller)and prescribed to treat moderate to moderately severe pain but must be prescribed by a doctor, otherwise it may bring about adverse effects such as seizures, convulsions among others.

NAFDAC boss stated that tramadol was a restricted drug but lamented that it has been abused by Nigerian youths who use it without prescription.

TRAMADOL like other deadly drugs has negative social impacts on the society they thrive.

THE National Security Adviser, Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno (Rtd), said children used by the Boko Haram terrorists for suicide bombings in the North-East acted under the influence of drugs.

While we applaud the good working relationship between NAFDAC and NCS, we want the alliance to be extended to other relevant agencies. for more sustainable results.

WE lauded the present administration for placing an embargo on codeine, which like tramadol, should only be given by prescription as done in some advanced countries.

 OUR concern like other Nigerians is if the huge consignment had gone undetected. The Nigerian society, particularly its vulnerable youths would have been worse for it.

PREVENTION of these dangerous drugs from entering into the Nigerian markets would not only  protect millions of youths from hazards of drug addiction which can pose threat to families, Nigerian workforce and the security of the nation at large it will also prevent rise in crime rate.

OF course the ugly trend would have increased the number of casualties from insurgency, armed robbery and other social vices which are known to be the end of users  of illicit drugs.

NAFDAC and NCS should work with all other relevant agencies to ensure that Nigeria is not a market for unwholesome pharmaceutical items.

WE call on the Federal Government to do everything possible to arrest all those involved in importing dangerous drugs into the country. and prosecute those arrested without delay to serve as a deterrent to others.

EVERY step must be taken by government agencies to thwart any attempt to brand the country a Transit Hub for unwholesome drug trafficking and  the tighten noose on importers   of illicit drugs.

 NAFDAC  should pick up the challenge posed by drug barons to make Nigeria  a drug haven and its people  addicts. Security agents should work with NAFDAC to destroy those behind the massive importation of psychotropic drugs into Nigeria . We canvass that this attempt to create tramadol fever in the country must be resisted.

 WITH the 68 containers, and some other containers yet to be identified. We have a problem with our porous borders.”

CRIMES like kidnapping which have now surfaced in the country cannot be  divorced from the circulation of these illicit drugs usually ferried from our porous borders. We enjoin those saddled with the management of our borders posts to be vigilant.

The Hope Owena Press
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Owena Press Limited (Publisher of The Hope Newspaper), Akure


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