What Oyo lawmakers said about codeine, other illicit substances

Members of Oyo State House of Assembly on Tuesday moved to end the
increasing rate of drug abuse and the use of narcotic substances among
youths in the state.

This followed a motion entitled: "Need to Strengthen Enforcement
Strategies by Government Regulatory Agencies to Stop the Menace of
Drug Abuse Occasioned by the Use of Codeine and Other Dangerous Drugs
among Nigerian Youths", moved by Chairman of the House Committee on
Women and Children Affairs, Hon. Wunmi Oladeji and co-sponsored by Mr
Gbenga Oyekola (LP-Atiba).

Oladeji said that increasing incidence of drug abuse required prompt
intervention of relevant health agencies in charge of drug
administration.

She said, "The abuse and addiction to codeine and other illicit
substances have become a public concern especially within the
administration of public health sector.

"Codeine use has turned to agent of mass destruction of destiny of
youths in their prime age.

"This is due to the highly addictive nature and inherent feeling of
calmness and pleasure that comes with its abuse.

"Considering the health challenges including organ damage, psychosis
and sudden death that can be seen among codeine users, there is need
for concerted efforts to eradicate the illicit production and
trafficking of controlled substances in the state."

Oladeji said that increasing rate of drug abuse was becoming worrisome
in the country because of the serious health repercussions which the
country was poorly equipped to address.

Another lawmaker, Hon. Olusegun Olaleye (Ibadan North II) said that
the high unemployment rate had been fuelling a culture of drug use
among Nigerian youths.

Speaker of the House, Hon. Olagunju Ojo, who described the motion as
apt and timely, said that many youths in the country were often
introduced to drugs through their peers.

Ojo said that the increasing rate of drug abuse and illicit substances
was inimical to the country's socio-economic development.

He then appealed to parents, guardians and school administrators to
live up to expectation by complementing the efforts of the state
government to find a lasting solution to the menace.

The speaker also called on the state government to scale up its
enforcement strategies and enlightenment.
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