Codeine Ban: NDLEA Reveals Adamawa Youths Take Urine, Other Substances Taken By Youths To Get High
The state commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA, Mr Yakubu Kibo made this known yesterday, in Yola in his speech to mark the 2018 UN International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
Kibo also listed other substances that youth take to include dry pawpaw leaves, dry plantain leaves, burnt tyres, as well as a solution made from tom tom sweet and lacasera drink.
While describing drug abuse as a rampaging fire that does not discriminate, Kibo called for collaborative effort to create a drug free society. “For the drug war to be successful, the supply and demand reduction must go hand in hand.
In his report Kibo said “from January to date, the Adamawa command has seized 2,742.358 kg of assorted illicit drugs,” just as he listed siezed drugs to include cannabis sativa, tramadol tablets, cough syrup with codeine, diazepam tablets, exol-5, pentozocine injection and codeine tablets.
He also said that a total of 67 suspected drug dealers were arrested within the period under review out of which 26 were convicted and sentenced to various jail terms.
In areas of counseling and rehabilitation, Kibo said 20 drug addicts were counseled and rehabilitated within the year. He however said that operational vehicle, inadequate staff, poor funding and hostilities by some communities as the major challenges facing the agency in the state.