The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria has called on the government to close down all open drug markets in the country, as failure to do so would further aggravate the abuse of drugs among citizens.
Making the call during its 2018 Annual General Meeting, Chairman of the association in Lagos, Pharm. Abiola Paul-Ozieh, urged the Federal Government to keep to the December deadline for closing all open drug markets.
She said, “As long as we have the open drug market places, as long as people walk into anywhere, hawk drugs, we will always have issues with drug abuse.
“As stakeholders, we shall work with government to get rid of uncoordinated system of drug distribution and install a sane distribution system where people can get drugs that are documented and can even be traced to the last user.
“We have taken the war against drug abuse to communities across Lagos and have erected banners there to warn youths of the dangers of such acts.
“Those that need help, we will link them to facilities where they will undergo rehabilitation procedures and that way, they will be reintegrated back to the society.”
Also speaking during the event, Chairman of ACPN’s Board of Trustees in Lagos, Pharm. Deji Osinoke, called on law enforcement agencies and drug regulators to sanitise the system and ensure that only trained and registered people handles drugs.
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