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Codeine Ban: Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians by dre11(m): 1:57am On May 08, 2018
Ayodamola Owoseye



The abuse of drugs among youth has become a disturbing trend in Nigeria. This recently led to the federal government’s ban on codeine as an active pharmaceutical ingredient for making cough syrup.

There is little information on how many drug users there are in Nigeria. The abuse of prescription drugs is so rampant and has gone beyond codeine. The ban on codeine-related drugs might only spur many youth to look for alternative drugs to satisfy their urge.

Some of the over-the-counter drugs which have been abused depending on the defined use include antibiotics, antidiarrhoeals, laxatives, pain-relieving drugs, sedatives, amphetamines and cannabis.

The availability and possible medical needs of these other drugs indicate government must comprehensively review Nigeria’s drug policy rather than just ban one item.
PREMIUM TIMES lists some of the common generic drugs currently abused on the streets:


Tramadol

This is a pain killer now used as an ecstasy drug by youth in Nigeria. Tramadol is an opioid pain medication used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is meant to be prescribed by a physician, unfortunately, the drug has found its way to the streets.

The pill comes in different milligrammes from 50 to 500. The recommended dose of tramadol is 50 to 100mg, with a maximum of 200mg in serve treatment cases.

Anything above 200mg will cause a massive euphoric effect similar to what is gotten from taking marijuana, or other opiate medication, oxycodone etc..

Tramadol is used by some men to prevent quick ejaculation. One or two tablet of 500mg is believed by some to increase libido and staying in power when the male user wants to impress a woman.

Side effect of tramadol when taken in high dosage include but is not limited to nausea, diarrohea, loss of appetite, dry mouth.
Long term abuse can lead to convulsion, seizures, serious health damage, birth defects in pregnant women or even death.


Rohypnol

This is also known as Roko, Roofies, Roche, Renfol and has many other slangs.

Rohypnol is meant to be a sold only after a physician’s prescription. The drug is a tranquiliser about ten times more potent than valium.

However, in Nigeria, the drug can be gotten both on the streets and over-the-counter without prescription. Rohypnol is used to treat severe insomnia and for anesthetic purposes. The drug is relatively cheap and gives the user a hazy feeling.

The drug is often taken with alcoholic or assorted drinks. Addicts could sometimes crush the pill to be taken with marijuana or other herbs. This could also be injected.

Rohypnol is nearly tasteless making it a pill of choice for drugging unsuspecting victims. The pill has a reputation of a “date-rape” drug because of its paralysing effect.

The effects start 20-30 minutes after taking the drug, peaks within two hours and may persist for eight or even 12 hours.

A person can be so incapacitated (unable to act) that he or she collapses. The taker lies on the floor, eyes open, able to observe events but completely unable to move. Afterwards, memory is impaired and they cannot recall anything.

The person also experiences loss of muscle control, confusion, drowsiness and amnesia.


Alabukun

This is a cheap pain killer which can be gotten from hawkers, street side vendors and drug store. The drug is usually hawked around pubs.

People swallowing Alabukun with alcohol have become a common sight not regarding the medical implication of doing so.

Alabukun is a locally produced analgesic in powder form. According to manufacturer of the drug, it is a combination of aspirin (Acetylsalicylic Acid -760mg) and Caffeine.

Some Nigerians take it to neutralise alcohol or to treat hangover. Some mix it with cocaine and other substances that can be sniffed.


Aspirin

It is also known as Tylenol. It is an over-the-counter pain killer but also sold on the streets and by road-side hawkers.

The drug, because of its chemical composition, has an ability to numb the muscles, emotional pains and sometimes creates an exciting effect to the user.

Most abusers use it to kill desperation, emotional trauma, and depression among others. To get an euphoric effect, the pills are usually taken with alcohol or coca-cola. Some crush the pills and mix with other substances for a ‘higher effect’.

Unfortunately, this drug when abused can become harmful to the body both physically and mentally. Abuse of Aspirin damages the liver and heart. The drug is not good for diabetic and hypertensive patients.


Valium

This is also known as diazepam. This is one of the drugs which is not meant to be sold without a doctor’s prescription. Valium unfortunately, is still being sold over the counter without prescription. It is also sold in the black market and can be found on the streets.

Valium is an addictive benzodiazepine with longer lasting effect than other drugs in its class.

The drug can be administered via oral injection or as a tablet. It can also be crushed, injected or mixed with other drugs. Valium affects the brain and produces fast euphoric high. Over time, it is hard for the abuser’s brain to function normally without the drug.

The risk is often higher when Valium is combined with other drugs such as alcohol, opioids, among others.



https://www.premiumtimesng.com/health/health-news/267563-codeine-ban-five-other-pharmaceutical-drugs-abused-by-nigerians.html



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Re: Codeine Ban: Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians by ayourbamie: 2:10am On May 08, 2018
I only know alabukun and I don't think it really makes people high.
I used to think valium was a sleeping pill (piriton substitute)

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Re: Codeine Ban: Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians by magaliyu(f): 2:12am On May 08, 2018
The election fever is on the air. may God save our lazy youths.

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Re: Codeine Ban: Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians by Nobody: 3:39am On May 08, 2018
The Federal government should stop being reactionary to a scripted documentary by the BBC and pay more attention to unemployment and the mental health of young adults.

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Re: Codeine Ban: Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians by AnonymousIP: 10:37am On May 08, 2018
shocked shocked
Re: Codeine Ban: Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians by mysteriousman(m): 10:37am On May 08, 2018
Wait how can alabukun get someone high? I know tramadol gets them high but op are you sure about this your post ? Is it abuse to get high or simply abuse the drug

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Re: Codeine Ban: Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians by RGem(f): 10:37am On May 08, 2018
I read about the alabukun addiction a long time ago.
Re: Codeine Ban: Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians by kennosklint(m): 10:37am On May 08, 2018
The best thing is to ban Buhari from entering Nigeria

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Re: Codeine Ban: Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians by GdexFolami(m): 10:37am On May 08, 2018
Everyone is blaming buhari ,buhari can't handle everything .
Success starts from basic effort ,how will you b a drug addict and b expecting success.
I just think having a leader is our excuse to unseriousness



Quote me and DIE

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Re: Codeine Ban: Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians by carpmam: 10:37am On May 08, 2018
Since the BBC documentary, the federal govt have been up and doing,but the same foreign station reported about Fulani herdsmen killing, and the ethnic cleansing by our moslem brothers and the federal govt are not doing anything abt it

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Re: Codeine Ban: Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians by Hardewarlee(m): 10:37am On May 08, 2018
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Re: Codeine Ban: Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians by Xevioso: 10:37am On May 08, 2018
givan:
The Federal government should stop being reactionary to a scripted documentary by the BBC and pay more attention to unemployment and the mental health of young adults.
You can hardly blame the BBC - in the UK Codeine is available without a prescription from any Supermarket.

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Re: Codeine Ban: Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians by kingzjay(m): 10:37am On May 08, 2018
Just because BBC scripted a documentary on Drug abuse in Nigeria......


Of all the killings and maiming in the land, they paid deaf ears!


What if those youths are abusing drugs due to frustration and lack of jobs? Who has given a thought to creating employment and enabling environment for youths to thrive?

Make I hear word joor

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Re: Codeine Ban: Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians by KendrickAyomide: 10:37am On May 08, 2018
wink
Re: Codeine Ban: Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians by Nonnyflex(m): 10:37am On May 08, 2018
Hmmm
Re: Codeine Ban: Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians by TollaKGM: 10:38am On May 08, 2018
On point
Re: Codeine Ban: Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians by oshe11: 10:38am On May 08, 2018
Viagra and Postinor 2 nkor?shocked

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Re: Codeine Ban: Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians by Enemyofpeace: 10:39am On May 08, 2018
The list is incomplete without condoms
Re: Codeine Ban: Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians by Koolking(m): 10:39am On May 08, 2018
Thought these drugs were not easy to come by in Nigeria. Am surprised to know these drugs are available to the point of abuse. Nigerians even abuse common codeine?? Absurd!

A physician prescribed an anti-anxiety (drug) for a high bp friend, you know we couldn't get the drug over the counter from licensed pharmacies, he had to resort to common sleeping pill for respite.

Alabukun is the only readily available over-the-shelf-drug, but I have never considered it an opiate. It's shocking how people can combine drugs with alcohol for a lasting emotional effect without any forethought of the side effect this mixture, which could be fatal.

Banning these drugs is not the solution. Nigerians will always find a way to get 'high'. It's a by-product of laziness and restiveness

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Re: Codeine Ban: Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians by iHart(m): 10:40am On May 08, 2018
All those appetite drugs containing cyproheptadine, some take it for excitement too even when it renders them mentally confused.
Re: Codeine Ban: Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians by oshe11: 10:40am On May 08, 2018
Re: Codeine Ban: Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians by Xevioso: 10:40am On May 08, 2018
mysteriousman:
Wait how can alabukun get someone high
Or Aspirin.
A drug which is generally only useful for mild headaches and as an anti-coagulant and anti-inflammatory.

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Re: Codeine Ban: Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians by Esseite: 10:40am On May 08, 2018
Unemployment & lack of direction led to all these.... these drugs have been in Nigeria since forever.

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Re: Codeine Ban: Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians by manneger2: 10:40am On May 08, 2018
U can't even buy ordinary metronidazole here in dubai without doctors prescription, we r enjoying in naija

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Re: Codeine Ban: Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians by directonpc(m): 10:41am On May 08, 2018
I have only learnt bad things from this Topic!

I don't know if we should be talking about these things sef!

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Re: Codeine Ban: Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians by gurunlocker: 10:41am On May 08, 2018
That's what I tell my friends, all this rubbish songs our so called artists release also contribute to the promotion of this drug abuse....


Some people don't even know what the drug is all about, but since they listen to a song mentioning those drugs, they will make sure they try it.

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Re: Codeine Ban: Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians by twinskenny(m): 10:41am On May 08, 2018
ayourbamie:
I only know alabukun and I don't think it really makes people high.

I used to think valium was a sleeping pill (piriton substitute)
alabukun can clear.your headache within a minute

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Re: Codeine Ban: Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians by JudgeWilson(m): 10:41am On May 08, 2018
Team Rochi. I like the blue nom nom. If you no code, OyO

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Re: Codeine Ban: Five Other Pharmaceutical Drugs Abused By Nigerians by naijaboiy: 10:42am On May 08, 2018
Government can ban all the drugs but they should leave my Mary Jane alone. angry

Nothing higher and sweeter than a good blunt. grin

#Diet

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