Codeine addiction among youths is increasing, NAFDAC warns

Codeine addiction among youths is increasing, NAFDAC warns

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has issued a warning about codeine addiction among teenagers, as well as the incorrect use of pesticides and insecticides to preserve foods.

During a sensitization drive and raising of awareness about the different transgressions that have a negative influence on Nigerians’ health, the warning was given in Lagos.

Prof Moji Adeyeye, the Director-General of NAFDAC, ascribed an increase in the rate of internal organ damage to individuals’ sharp practices.

Adeyeye, who was represented by Prof Samson Adebayo, Director-General of the Ports Inspection Directorate, said the COVID-19 epidemic had exacerbated the problem by adding to the challenge created by inferior and counterfeit personal protective equipment (PPEs).

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“We’re also looking into codeine abuse and self-medication, particularly among youths; the hazardous effects of using a kerosene tanker to load groundnut oil; the hazardous practice of using potassium bromate to bake bread; the cancer-causing use of azo-dyes in palm oil; the dangers of transfat and excessive oil consumption; and the use of formalin on food and its associated health hazards,” s

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