2 December 2012

Nigeria: NDLEA Seeks Pharmacists Support On Drug Education

Mr Ahmadu Giade, the Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), on Sunday called for the support of pharmacists on public enlightenment against drug abuse.

In statement by the NDLEA in Lagos, Giade was said to have made the call when the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria visited the agency's headquarters in Lagos.

Giade said that they should take advantage of their closeness to the grassroots to advance the anti-drug abuse campaign.

"There is a huge challenge in the area of drug education, particularly at the grassroots and as community pharmacists, you are closer to the people.

"As professionals, I want you to help in the drug education. This is important to prevent self-medication and other forms of drug misuse.

"Every opportunity should be used to intensify campaign to enable people make informed choices," the statement quoted Giade as saying.

The NDLEA chief urged the association to evolve a stronger control mechanism to check unprofessional conduct by its members.

The statement said that Mr Adebayo Ismail, the National Chairman of the association, said that the visit was to deepen the association's working relations with the agency.

"We want to partner with you in making your work easier. Pharmacists have a responsibility to render services to the people.

"We want to support the good work the agency is doing in drug control," Ismail said.

He said that the association had discovered the abuse of cough syrups with codeine content, adding that the association had taken steps to restrict its sales.


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