Director General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Prof. Moji Adeyeye says the agency has seized 35 containers of tramadol at various ports in the country.
The DG made this known journalist in Abuja on Sunday, she said nine out of the seized containers of tramadol were released to NAFDAC by the Nigeria Custom Service (NCS), and had been destroyed.
“We are seriously working with the custom on this and each time they seize any container, they usually invite us to come and see the containers with tramadol.
Prof Adeyeye however, decried the delay by the custom in handing over the rest of the containers to her agency.
She stated that tramadol was a restricted drug but had been abused by Nigerian youths who use it without prescription.
The NAFDAC Boos who is also a professor of pharmacology, said the drug destroys children’s brain thereby threatening the future generation of the nation.
She lauded the present administration for placing an embargo on codeine, which she said, like tramadol, should only be given only by prescription as done in advanced country.
The director general said the agency was more determined and committed than ever to stem the menace of illicit and fake drugs in the country.