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UN, FG Partner To Curb Drug Abuse Menace



As part of efforts to tackle the problem of drug dependence among millions of Nigerian youths, the United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is set to launch four different publications on important policies and guidelines for controlled medicines and drug dependence treatment.

The publications, which were jointly developed by UNODC, Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) will be launched this week in Abuja.

According to a statement signed by Director (Special Duties) NAFDAC, Dr. Abubakar Jimoh, the four publications are National policy for Controlled Medicines, National Minimum Standards for Drug Dependence Treatment in Nigeria, National Guidelines on Quantification of Narcotics for Medical and Scientific Purposes and National Guidelines for the Estimation of Psychotropic Substances and Precursors.

UNODC Programme officer, Elisabeth Bayer said the official launch of the four publications will be followed by a formal launch in April this year in all the six Geo-political Zones in the country.

It would be recalled that the aggravated dimension of the problem of drug abuse and it’s intricate linkage with wide spread cases of criminality, violence and insurgences in the country recently prompted the wife of the President Mrs. Aisha Mohammadu Buhari to launch a national campaign against all forms of abuse.



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