- Some students have said the the ban of codeine by the federal government does not solve illegal use of the drug
- The students said monitoring the supply chain and mopping up the product would have served as a better action by the federal government
- According to the group, Nigeria needs a sustainable policy on drug abuse and not a reactive solution
A students' advocacy group has condemned the ban of codeine drug by the federal government of Nigeria. The advocacy group, Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), said the ban of codeine by the federal government could breed negative consequences for the country.
In a statement signed by its national coordinator, Moronfolu Adeniyi, the SSDP said monitoring the supply chain and mopping up the product would have served as a better action to ending the illicit use of codeine cough syrup.
The group said having banned the drug, the FG has not only succeeded in increasing the smuggling of codeine but also the substandard ones and as well increased criminal activities in the country.
Moronfolu stated that Nigeria needed a sustainable policy on drug abuse and not a reactive solution.
He said users of codeine would always find substitute and would not care about the quality, adding that it was important to advocate for major change in Nigerian health indicators.
"Banning codeine solves nothing.We're always satisfied with short term solutions and taking action instead of rigorously interrogating a complex problem.
"Drug abuse and addiction is a national phenomenon, I hope we expand the intervention to addressing root causes, contributory factors and solutions to the drug abuse epidemic .
"The human right of user shouldn't be abused, as punitive measures literally solves nothing, So many questions to address. So much to fix.
"There are unaddressed tragedies in that BBC documentary sweet sweet codeine. The addiction and the conditions in which addicts are being "treated," chaining patients should be abolished for better and more humane approach.
"Also, people who use drug should no longer be criminalized, but help them to seek for treatment. For decades the punitive approaches to drug use have undermined the human rights of drug users and fostered widespread discrimination towards them, and commonly their families," Moronfolu said.
He also noted that harsh measures grounded in repressive ideologies must be replaced by more humane and effective policies shaped by scientific evidence, public health principles and human rights standards’.
Moronfolu further urged the federal government to map out a proper national youth policy that will acknowledge the unique challenges affecting young people across Nigeria.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the federal government placed a ban on the use of codeine in the Nigeria.
The ban by the federal government followed a research study has revealed that about 30,000 bottles of codeine made of cough syrup are consumed daily in Niger state and many more in Nigeria as a whole.
The research carried out by the Development Initiative of West Africa (DIWA) also revealed that about three million in Nigeria consume this product in order to make themselves high.
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