Nigeria recalls 2.4 million bottles of cough syrup containing codeine to fight abuse

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)More than two million bottles of cough syrup containing codeine are being recalled to stop widespread abuse of the drug, the Nigerian health ministry has said.

The recall is based on recommendations from a recent committee report from anti-drug abuse agencies in the country, Christiana Adeyeye, Director- General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control told CNN Monday.
“Drug trafficking is not just of pharmaceuticals, it is also about other illicit substances and that is an issue that Nigeria and the region should be aware of,” he added.
The drug came under scrutiny last year after Nigeria’s Senate claimed around three million bottles of codeine-based cough syrup were consumed daily in two states in the north of the country.

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