The Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Muhammad Abdallah, has decried high-level of abuse of tramadol and cough syrup among Nigerian youth and women.
Abdallah said this while delivering Nigeria’s statement on ‘Crime Prevention, Criminal Justice and World Drug Problem’ at the UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters, New York.
“Nigeria is witnessing a high level of abuse of tramadol and cough syrups containing codeine, especially by vulnerable youths and women.
“This is a phenomenon common to many countries in the West-African sub-region which has ushered in a new level of transnational organised crimes.
“As a result, a lot of national and sub-regional initiatives, including capacity development, have been put in place to address the situation”.
He reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to fulfilling its obligations under relevant international instruments in the area of crime prevention, strengthening criminal justice and addressing world drug problem.
Given the linkage between drug abuse and crime perpetration, he said, Nigeria had stepped up the implementation of measures to combat the incidence of drug proliferation, trafficking and abuse.
”This is based on our conviction that strong national commitment and effective international collaboration and partnership are very critical to eliminating the menace of illicit drug flows,” he stressed.
According to him, the is implementing a robust National Drug Control Master Plan (NDCMP 2015-2019) to address illicit drug supply and demand.
The NDLEA boss added that the agency was also countering money laundering and access to controlled narcotic drugs for medical and scientific purposes.