Lauding the present administration for placing an embargo on codeine, which she said, like tramadol, should only be given only by prescription as done in advanced country, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, Director General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says the agency has seized not fewer than 35 containers of tramadol at various ports in the country.
The NAFDAC Boss who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday, said nine out of the seized containers of tramadol were released to NAFDAC by the Nigeria Custom Service (NCS), and had been destroyed by her agency.
Prof. Adeyeye who decried the delay by the custom in handing over the rest of the containers to her agency, stated that tramadol was a restricted drug but had been abused by Nigerian youths who use it without prescription.
“We are seriously working with the custom on this and each time they seize any container, they usually invite us to come and see the containers with tramadol.
“So far, 35 containers were seized and only nine of them have been handed over to NAFDAC which we have destroyed,” she said.
NAN reported that Adeyeye, who is also a professor of pharmacology, said the drug destroys children’s brain thereby threatening the future generation of the nation. She added that the agency was more determined and committed than ever, to stem the menace of illicit and fake drugs in the country.
The Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Col Hameed Alli, few weeks ago also revealed that the Service has intercepted 5056 cartons of absolute prohibited Tramadol drugs in Apapa road in Lagos, Sango-Ota axis of Ogun State and Lagos-Ibadan express road worth N242, 688.000.00 in Duty Paid Value (DPV). This is even as the Customs CG explained that the drugs came in from India and other Asian countries.