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.