The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has confiscated some tramadol (225mg) worth N12.5 million in Onitsha concealed in five bags of garri.
The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye who was represented by Mrs Christiana Esenwah, the Anambra state Coordinator of NAFDAC disclosed this at the inauguration of NAFDAC-Young Against Drug Abuse (YADA) Awareness Campaign and stakeholders meeting in Onitsha, Anambra State.
Adeyeye stated that the tramadol was loosed from the cartons and scattered in the garri bags. No arrest was done because the traders ran away and abandoned the garri on sighting the inspectors of the agency.
Adeyeye, who spoke on the topic: “Abuse of Psychoactive Drugs in Nigeria: Our Problem”, expressed concern over the increasing spate of drug abuse, especially in North-Western part of the country.
Speaking further, Adeyeye plea for the quick passage of the Drug Safety Bill to ensure stiffer penalty against drug peddlers and urged the Federal Government to provide treatment and rehabilitation centres for drug addicts.
The YADA Project Cordinator, Mr Onyeka Obidiegwu said that YADA is a school-based programme, targeted at sensitizing students on the dangers of drug abuse and misuse. Onyeka added that nine schools were selected for the campaign in the state, adding that Anambra, Osun, Delta, Adamawa, Kano and Lagos were the six pilot states for the one-year project.
“YADA is making deliberate effort to educate the young ones against the use of substances like cannabis, cocaine, marijuana and tramadol; that these substances can alter their future and dreams.” Onyeka Said.