Senator Shehu Sani (APC-Kaduna Central) has stated that the state of the economy is responsible for the abuse of codeine by some Nigerians.
He was reacting to an investigatory video by BBC recorded in Nigeria showing abuse of codeine by youths and its consequences.
You will recall that the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Tuesday directed the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to ban with immediate effect further issuance of permits for the importation of codeine as active pharmaceutical ingredient for cough preparations.
In a post on his Twitter page, Shehu Sani said the creation of a stabilised economy and system to give hope to the youths will hinder them from finding solace in Codeine.
He wrote: “Codeine is an opium that symbolizes our social dislocation and societal collapse. What we have is a system that has over the years ostracized and mentally deformed a generation, dispatching them to seek solace in aphrodisiac.
“Codeine is a problem and the bigger problem remains a corrosive socio economic order that created a state of hopelessness. We must continue to work hard in order to change it so as to give meaning to the lives of our young ones.”