As the concern for drug abuse reaches another level, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has decried what it termed the high-level of abuse of Tramadol and cough syrup among Nigerian youth and women.
NDLEA Chairman, retired Col. Muhammad Abdallah, , said this while delivering Nigeria’s statement on ‘Crime Prevention, Criminal Justice and World Drug Problem’ at the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters, New York.
He stated that Nigeria is witnessing a high level of abuse of Tramadol and cough syrups containing Codeine, a phenomenon common to many countries in the West-African sub-region which has ushered in a new level of transnational organised crimes.
Abdallah stressed that a lot of national and sub-regional initiatives, including capacity development, have been put in place to address the situation.
He, however, 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.
The NDLEA boss added that the agency was also countering money laundering and access to controlled narcotic drugs for medical and scientific purposes.