NAFDAC Confiscates 35 Containers Of Imported Tramadol At Various Ports In Nigeria


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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says it has seized about 35 containers of imported tramadol, a recently banned medical substance at vari­ous ports in the country. The Director-General of the agency, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, who made the disclosure in Abuja on Sunday, said nine out of the seized containers of tramadol were re­leased to NAFDAC by the Nige­ria Custom Service and had been destroyed. So far, 35 containers were seized and only nine of them have been hand­ed over to NAFDAC which we have destroyed,” she said

The NAFDAC boss stated that tramadol was a restricted drug but had been abused by Nigerian youths who use it without prescription. According to Adeyeye, who is also a professor of pharmacolo­gy, the drug destroys children’s brain thereby threatening the future generation of the nation. She lauded the present admin­istration for placing an embargo on codeine, which she said, like tramadol, should only be given only by prescription as done in the advanced country.

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