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Tramadol Is Not Bad, What We Frown At Is Its Abuse — NAFDAC


The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has said that tramadol consumption is not bad on its own, stressing that what the agency frowns at is its abuse and diversion for criminal purpose.

Dr Abubakar Jimoh, the Director, Public Affairs of the agency, made the remarks in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.

Dr Jimoh also added that the agency is tackling the menace of drug abuse holistically from the regulatory perspective, enforcement and from public sensitisation awareness campaign.

According to Jimoh, a nationwide survey conducted and released in January 2019 by the United Nations Office on Drug Control (UNODC) on the prevalence of drug abuse revealed that the entire country is vulnerable to drug abuse with a national average of 14.4 percent.

He added that when the survey was broken down into the six geo-political zones in the country, it was discovered that the South-West has the highest rate with 22 percent and above in drug prevalence.

His Words:

“I keep on telling people that nobody is saying that tramadol is bad, it has scientific use just like codeine.

“The abuse and diversion for criminal purposes and also bringing unapproved dosage into the country is what is criminal about it and that is where the borderline where NAFDAC and NDLEA work together.

“We are dealing with the demand side and also dealing with the supply side of drug abuse. For instance, NAFDAC is the one licensing tramadol; that is the one you have to legitimately use by bringing scientific purpose to it.

“The criminal aspect is what the NDLEA is handling while NAFDAC deals with the scientific purpose usage of tramadol for scientific and medicinal purposes in hospitals,’’ he stressed.

CobraReview recalls that the Nigeria Customs Service, Onne Area Command, apprehended five men who broke into a 40-foot seized container containing hard drugs, some few days ago.

The Area Controller of the command, Aliyu Saidu, said the men after breaking into the container stole the hard drugs and loaded them into two vehicles before they were caught.

CobraReview gathered that the seized drugs contains 14 cartons of Time tablets; five cartons of Really Extra analgesic and two cartons of tramadol.

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  1. The misuse of the drug is on the high side. God helps Nigerians!

  2. Not just hard drugs, the normal drugs as paracetamol, pain reliever too are also abused

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