Drug Agency cautions against misuse of drugs

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

The National Agency for Food, Drug, Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has cautioned Nigerian youths against overdose and misuse of drugs.

The Kwara State Coordinator of the Agency, Mrs Roseline Ajayi gave the warning in Ilorin the Kwara State capital while speaking with newsmen.

She expressed worry and concern over the rate at which youths now over dose on drugs which she said, is a big challenge facing the agency due to the harmful effect on such consumers health.

“What we have these days is not only drug abuse but drug misuse and overdose where even authorized drugs like cough syrup and codeine are misused by the youths, which in turn affects their thinking and behaviours negatively and also harms their physical and mental health”

According to her, the agency has embarked on lot of awareness in schools, markets and other public places and even with youth corps members in various languages on the dangers involved in drug abuse, though, she highlighted logistics as one of the major problems it faces in meeting some of their responsibilities.

Mrs Ajayi disclosed that as a regulatory body for drugs and consumable foods in totality, it also monitors the products of manufacturers until it gets to the end consumer or user and ascertain that marketers do not stock expired drugs or other products.

The NAFDAC Coordinator who is a deputy director in the agency, stated that it had always collaborated with the state government and other security agencies in the war against drug abuse but noted that it was difficult to monitor the entire state due to inadequate logistics and more so that the state has a border town which they cannot fully monitor.

She said another major problem the agency is presently facing in the state, is with the bread bakers who she claimed, have not cooperated with the officers and men in ensuring that they the bake their products in a very hygienic premises so that the people of the state would consume healthy bread.

Mrs Ajayi refuted claims by some bread bakers in the state that the agency was making life difficult for them in doing their business explaining that they were only asked to bake their bread on a stainless tray, keep a clean environment and get the right premises for proper hygiene as well as pay their yearly dues.

The NAFDAC coordinator described as untrue claims in some quarters that the agency had compelled the bakers to sink boreholes or make it mandatory to make use of electric ovens which the agency had waved in addition to registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and the Trademark.

She, therefore, appealed to bread bakers in the state to corporate with the agency by complying with all its rules and regulations in the interest of the people of the state.