DRUG ABUSE: FG SETS UP 16 MEMBER COMMITTEE ON CODEINE, OTHERS

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Piqued with the increased cases of abuse of drugs among the populace, the Federal Government has set up a committee to review the continuous usage of codeine, Tramadol and other related substances in the county. The 16 member Committee on the Codeine Control Working and other related Matter Group (CCRWG) which has Prof. Oluwatoyin Odeku as the Chairperson has four to six weeks to turn in its preliminary report.

Inaugurating the committee yesterday in Abuja, the Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole said that it was very important to break the supply end of the drugs. The minister stressed that the government must prevent people from causing harm to themselves and to the society.

In the recent times, Adewole said the government had confisicated and destroy many of these products. He however said that the rate at which people have resorted to drugs, has necessitated the need to find out why they are using these drugs.