By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
The United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said it will launch four different publications on important policies and guidelines for controlled medicines and drug dependence treatment in the country.
UNODC’s position was contained in a statement issued by the Director (Special Duties) NAFDAC, Dr. Abubakar Jimoh.
The statement said the decisive move will be aimed at combat the hydra headed problem of drug dependence among millions of Nigerian youths and widespread incidence of drug induced criminality and violence in the country.
It said the publications which were developed jointly by UNODC, Federal Ministry of Health and National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) will be launched next week in Abuja by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole and the NAFDAC Boss Prof. Moji Christianah Adeyeye under the auspices of UNODC.
The Four Publications according to the statement are; National policy for Controlled Medicines, National Minimum Standards for Drug Dependence Treatment in Nigeria, National Guidelines on Quantification of Narcotics for Medical and Scientific Purposes and National Guidelines for the Estimation of Psychotropic Substances and Precursors.
Also, UNODC Programme officer, Elisabeth Bayer said the official launch of the four publications will be followed by a formal launch in April this year in all the six Geo-political Zones in the country.