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UPDATE:  Senate goes after importers, distributors of drugs

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Senate Tackles Drug Abuse Roundtable.

The Senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki has vowed to tackle the menace of drug abuse from its root by going after importers and distributors of drugs.

According to him:“The #DrugAbuse epidemic has been of a particularly virulent nature, touching all social strata and afflicting families and young lives. Not even nursing mothers are spared; future generations are already endangered.

“The stark reality is that so many Nigerians are shadows of their former selves because of drugs. This is intolerable. Furthermore, the very dangerous interplay between dirty money and drug importation, distribution and abuse must stop.

“We need to better understand where the strengths and weaknesses of our drug enforcement agencies lie, in order to be able to take measures to strengthen them.

“We need to send a clear signal from Kano to all Nigerians that this drug use epidemic must be controlled, and can be controlled.”

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The Senate President is in Kano state for a roundtable following a resolution adopted in October where it was disclosed that 3 million bottles of cough syrup with “codeine” was being consumed in the North daily.

Consequently, the Senate mandated it’s Joint Committee on Drugs and Narcotics and Health to investigate the growing menace of abuse of cough syrup and other prescriptive drugs.

According to the National Drug Law enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Kano state has the highest number of youths engaged in drugs and substance abuse followed by Jigawa state.

In recognition of the destructive effect of the high spate of drug abuse in Kano state, President Muhammadu Buhari while on a working visit recently ordered a crackdown on drug barons in the country.

 

 

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