The recent ban of production and consumption of codeine syrups by the Federal Government has drastically reduced illicit drug consumption, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Assistant Commander, Sokoto State command, Amos Bamidele, said yesterday while speaking on this year’s World Drugs Day.
“It does not mean you will not find these drugs in the market, but not in the volume you used to see it before,” he added.
Bamidele noted that the drop in supply had made the price to escalate.
“A bottle that used to sell for N800 now cost N2000. In this case, it is not everybody that is able to buy it, because it can only be found with smugglers and black marketers,” he said.
The Assistant Commander observed that in Sokoto, abuse of drugs such as codeine, tramadol, is not rampant, while cannabis is more abused in places such as Lagos and Edo, than cough syrup.”
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