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NAFDAC raises alarm over illegal drugs sale in Kebbi

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By Saawua Terzungwe

BIRNIN KEBBI—National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has expressed worry over the high rate of drug hawking and sale of fake drugs and other narcotics in Kebbi State.

State Director of NAFDAC, Mr. Bitrus Fradel, stated this while responding to questions from newsmen in Birnin- Kebbi, yesterday.

Fradel, who said hawking of drugs was more prevalent in Jega Local Government Area of the state also stressed that the exposure of drugs to harsh weather was not in the interest of their users as such drugs could be ineffective and harmful to health.

He said the agency was grappling with the problem of sale of fake and narcotic drugs in the state, advising the public to be careful about what they buy and eat.

Fradel lamented that drugs like tramol, which was being sold by almost every chemist in the state and which is being used illegally by many youths in the state, should only be administered according to doctors’ prescriptions.

He said: “Tramol is supposed to be prescribed by a doctor but you can see that the youths are fond of using it indiscriminately,” adding that although the registration of Tramol as a product was in 50mgs, the ones being consumed by youths were in the category of 200mgs.

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