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Group Reveals What Youths Use As Substitute After Government Banned Codeine



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Youths Have Turned To Pit Latrine After Ban On Codeine

The Basic Registry and Information System in Nigeria (BRISIN) has called for urgent sensitization against the use of pit latrine because many youths now sniff latrines and Lizard dung as substitute for codeine.

The Coordinator, Health and Environment in BRISIN, Dr Misbau Lawal, made the call while speaking with newsmen on Thursday in Ilorin.

Lawal said that since codeine had been banned by the federal government, many youths now sniff pit latrine and lizard dung as substitute.

He noted that there was an  urgent need to discourage the use of pit latrines by the government at all levels.

He urged community leaders to sensitize their people and ensure they dispose lizard dung in their environment by burying it.

Lawal explained that  lizard dung comprises uric acid and all reptiles excrete uric acid.

The vapour of decomposing human dung has effect on the central nervous system, producing narcosis just like codeine when inhaled.

“People using pit latrine should dehydrate it with sulphuric acid or the government can recycle human defecation to make bio-gas for economic benefits,” he said.

BRISIN is an integrated system for the collection, storage and distribution of information to support the management of the economy. Data received will be used to plan for the management of the nation’s resources.

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