The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says there is a high-level of abuse of tramadol and cough syrup among Nigerian youth and women.

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Retired Col. Muhammad Abdallah, who is the NDLEA chairman, made this known as he delivered Nigeria’s statement on ‘Crime Prevention, Criminal Justice and World Drug Problem’ at the UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters, New York.

Abdallah said: “Nigeria is witnessing a high level of abuse of tramadol and cough syrups containing codeine, especially by vulnerable youths and women.

“This is a phenomenon common to many countries in the West-African sub-region which has ushered in a new level of transnational organised crimes.

“As a result, a lot of national and sub-regional initiatives, including capacity development, have been put in place to address the situation.”