The House of Representatives, considering the increasing abuse of codeine among the youths, tasked the agency in charge to place a ban on the sales of the cough syrup drug across the country.
The Reps ordered the National Agency for Food, Drugs, Administration and Control (NAFDAC), to ensure the drugs is sold strictly on prescription.
The ban followed a motion raised by Abdulsamad Dasuki, under matters of urgent public importance.
While raising the motion, Dasuki urged NAFDAC and other health institutions to create a central system to detect addicts and wrong or false prescription.
He lamented on the incessant increase of drug abuse among youths, buttressing the importance of public awareness by the government of the dangers involved.
Dasuki, who summed up the drugs around 3 million in Kano and Jigawa States, claimed that the act has spread all over the north.
He said; “If this number is consumed in just two states of the 19 Northern states, when the figures of the other 17 states are added, it would be catastrophic.”
He implored NAFDAC to create other measures to curb and punish erring medical doctors and other health experts.
He also added that drug, also known as 3 methyl morphine, could cause various health hazard including asthma, breathing disorder, kidney disease among others.