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Tackling drug abuse beyond codeine ban

Despite the ban on codeine, stakeholders are worried that the action may not check substance abuse among students and youths, report KOFOWOROLA BELO-OSAGIE, ADEGUNLE OLUGBAMILA and Jane Chijioke. A recent documentary by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on codeine abuse, particularly in the north, may have prompted the ban on the drug. The ban has since been followed with the closure of some pharmaceutical firms which produce the drug but educationists, schools, parents and teachers have to do more to guide youths in their care away from drug abuse. Obi Omotayo, an education consultant and peer educator trainer, said banning would achieve very little. He wrote on the Concerned Parents and Educators (CPE) group page on Facebook that there were so many other unconventional substances that the government could not ban, which, sadly, were being abused by young people. “If banning is the solution to codeine abuse, then I guess there’s more work for the “banners,” he said. Other..