Drug Abuse: Over 3m Bottles of Codeine Consumed Daily in Kano and Jigawa States of Nigeria – Senate
Over 3m bottles of codeine syrup are consumed daily in Kano and Jigawa states by women and youths, the Senate said yesterday.
The revelation was sequel to the adoption of a motion by Senator Baba Kaka Bashir Garbai and 37 others on the need to check the rising menace of pharmaceutical drug abuse among youths.
The motion was seconded by Senator Jibrin Barau and Garbai said research has shown that abusers of the codeine syrup in Kano and Jigawa states take up to 3 to 8 bottles per day.
Investigations shows an incredible spike in drug-abuse in Borno State and the Northeast ravaged by Boko Haram. He said the abuse of cough syrup has become so widespread in recent years, that even secondary school students use them regularly.
Supporting the motion, Senator Aliyu Wamakko said the problem of drug abuse was not peculiar to the north; hence it should be treated as a national menace.