Codeine speedily becoming the new Cocaine-PSN


By FRANCIS OGBONNA

The Lagos Chapter Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Olugbega Olubowale has hinted that if the spate of abuse of “Codeine” is not checked it may eventually replace the use of Cocaine as a narcotic.

The Pharmacist, who also lamented the rate at which young people are increasingly turning to other prescription drugs to get high as well, noted that recent studies show that “we actually have a monster in our hands.”

“PSN has been working with several government agencies like NDLEA and some non-governmental organisations to stem this tide, but still need help, especially in the area of parents and guardians checking their wards,” he said.

Mr. Olubowale added: “Another drug abused at a high rate is Tramadol. The current prescribed grammage is 50mg, but you see people smuggle in up to 300mg through the borders unchecked.  

“We are not in any way advocating the eradication of these drugs as they are effective when used according to prescription. We are only saying everyone must join hands together so we can curb this abuse before it becomes a monster that may consume generations to come.”

Codeine is an opiate used to treat pain, as a cough medicine, and for diarrhea. It is typically used to treat mild to moderate degrees of pain. However, it is being abused today by misguided youths and some adults, who see it as a recreational drug.  


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