The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Tuesday,said no less than 2.5 million bottles of codeine had been recalled from circulation across the country by the Federal Government.
Prof. lsaac, made this known in Abuja when the Presidential Advisory Committee on Elimination of Drug Abuse (PACEDA) visited the ministry on advocacy. PACEDA, was constituted by President Muhammadu Buhari to help those imprisoned by hard drugs to build new lives.
Adewole said the ban on the production, distribution and sale of hard drugs had helped in curbing their menace.
The minister said, “Since the ban of Codeine syrup in the country, till today, over 2.5 million bottles have been recalled, and we will not delay in ensuring that this menace is curbed to the barest minimum.
He also said “Drug issues are not restricted to Northern parts of the country.“I consider this event a worthwhile investment and a clarion call on all of us to rise to the occasion to save lives and restore the dignity of man.
People say the Northern parts of the country consume more drugs,but the minister said when it comes to drugs consumption,that the South-West states are not left out too.