Nigeria recalls 2.4 million bottles of codeine cough syrup

2020-02-23 23:52:49    阅读:201081

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria has recalled 2.4 million bottles of cough syrup containing codeine after national outrage earlier this year over endemic use of opioids. Nigeria imposed a ban on the production and import of codeine cough syrup earlier this year, though it did not affect products already available in the country. “This is one of the measures to stem the scourge of drug abuse in the country,” Abubakar Jimoh, a spokesman for the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and C

ontrol (NAFDAC), said on Tuesday. “It is also in line with the ministerial policy on the restriction of cough syrup cont

aining codeine.” For years, opioid abuse, especially of cough syrups containin

g codeine, was widespread throughout Nigeria. Bottles

could be easily obtained over the cou

nter at pharmacies and through dr

ug sellers. But the issue shot into the public and political domain after the BBC aired a

n investigation into Nigeria’s codeine cough syrup epidemic in April, followed by a BuzzFeed investigation in May.高手心水顶尖高手论坛 In the days following the BBC documentary, the health ministry imposed a ban on codeine cough syrup import and producti

on. The Senate, Nigeria’s upper house of parliament, vot

ed in favor of the ban, saying the cough syrup trad

e profited Islamist insurgency Boko Haram

in the count

ry’s northeast. NAFDAC spokesman Jimoh said Nigeria has set up a commit

tee “to implement policies on drug abuse”.