No fewer than 35 containers of Tramadol have been seized at various ports in Nigeria, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC),has revealed.
Moji Adeyeye, the Director General of the agency who disclosed this while speaking with news men in Abuja on Sunday, said nine out of the seized containers of tramadol were released to the agency by the Nigeria Custom Service (NCS), and had been destroyed.
“We are seriously working with the custom on this and each time they seize any container, they usually invite us to come and see the containers with tramadol.
“So far, 35 containers were seized and only nine of them have been handed over to NAFDAC which we have destroyed,” she said.
She, however, decried the delay by the custom in handing over the rest of the containers to her agency.
The NAFDAC boss stated that tramadol was a restricted drug but had been abused by Nigerian youths who use it without prescription.
While commending present administration for placing an embargo on codeine, which she said, like tramadol, should only be given only by prescription as done in advanced country. The professor of pharmacology noted that the drug destroys children’s brain thereby threatening the future generation of the nation.
Adeyeye said the agency was more determined and committed than ever to stem the menace of illicit and fake drugs in the country.