The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, ACPN, has expressed worry over rate of drug abuse in the society and called on relevant stakeholders to rise to the task of ridding the society of the menace. The Association, hosting over 100 multinational and local pharmaceutical manufacturers and importers in a week-long exhibition, products launch and presentation at its 36th annual national conference in Jos, insisted that awareness creation will minimise the trend. Addressing journalists in Jos, National Chairman of the Association, Mr. Kelong Alkali, explained that the conference, which will bring together 1,000 community pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, researchers and investors, will discuss the way forward in tackling the issue. At the end of the conference, the...
The Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 2, Lagos State, Adamu Ibrahim, has urged youths to desist from drug abuse, saying that it could lead to economic hardship, family disintegration and wastage of human and material resources. According to him, preventing youths from going into crime is a tested strategy adopted by nations and institutions across the world. Ibrahim said this on Tuesday during the 2017 National Youth Summit on Crime Prevention organised by the African Youth Initiative on Crime Prevention in partnership with the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs. He also counselled youths to be of good behaviour and adopt a good lifestyle, adding that they were the pillar upon which the society would flourish. “Let us educate our youths to shun crime and be
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The Fight Against Counterfeit Drugs: Nafdac The immediate past director-general of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, Dr. Paul Orhii had prior to his exit from office been widely quoted as advocating for the enactment of new legislation to enable the agency cope with the present realities on the dynamics of war on counterfeit medicines among other challenges confronting it. The former NAFDAC helmsman had hinged his call for a revision of the laws on the noticeable defects in the existing ones to enhance efforts of the agency to rid the country of unscrupulous elements. We support Orhii’s advocacy because it borders on strengthening the operations of an important agency of government whose activities have direct consequence on the lives of the greatest majori
A Senior Programme Officer with Child and Family Health, Mr. David Akpotor, has raised the alarm on abuse of metronidazole, an antibiotic, he says many Nigerians use to treat diarrhoea. Akpotor stated this at a media dialogue on “Initiating Media Dialogue on Accountability and Honouring Pledges” organised by the Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health in Lagos. He noted that though the World Health Organisation recommends the use of Zinc tablet Oral Rehydration Salt for the treatment of diarrhoea, many Nigerians resort to self-medication by using metronidazole given to them by chemist operators. Metronidazole belongs to the class of medicines known as antibiotics. It works by killing bacteria or preventing their growth. According to him, the implementation will
A former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo once stated "Youth constitutes Nigeria's only hope for a real future". He opined that identifying and addressing issues that would enhance the lives of the youth would improve national development. If Nigerian youth are to fulfill the high expectations being placed on them, then a drastic step must be taken to rescue them from the sinking mud of drug abuse. Youth - referred to as the time of life when one is young - is a very sensitive stage in human development. This involves childhood, and the time of life which is neither childhood nor adulthood, but somewhere in between. Youth in Nigeria includes citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria aged 18-35 years. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa with o
The level of criminal activities in the country may seem ordinary just because the society seems to have settled down with it, but this is not to be accepted. Suffice it to say that many underlying factors can be contributory to this rising trend, studies have shown that apart from poverty and illiteracy, substance abuse remains a major influence leading to criminal activities of various sorts including even juvenile delinquency and hooliganism, etc. The reality on ground paints a sorry picture of what the society is up against and there is no need to waste more time. Sometime ago a specialist at the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Education and Rehabilitation Unit of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital in Kaduna, Dr. Ebiti Williams gave this illustration: For instance, over 6million bottles...