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UNODC: Drug use, production on the rise worldwide

Opium and cocaine production has reached record levels, while the global number of drug users jumped by 20 million, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said on Tuesday in Vienna.
NAFDAC Director General Christianah Mojisola Adeyeye

NAFDAC expresses concern over medicines abuse

National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has expressed concern over abuse of prescription medicines and other psychoactive substances.

Minister cautions manufacturers against substandard drugs

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has cautioned drug manufacturers against producing substandard drugs to curb addiction and drug related issues in the country.

EU, UNODC to sponsor movie on drug abuse in Nigeria

The European Union (EU), and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) are supporting the production of a movie on the menace of drug abuse in Nigeria.

Federal government, UNODC train 200 principals on drug abuse prevention

The Federal Government, in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as well as the Kebbi State Government, have trained 200 Secondary Schools Principals in the state on how to curtail drug abuse among students.

Northern governors’ wives commend federal government over codeine ban

The Northern Governors Wives Forum has applauded the Federal Ministry of Health for its recent decision to ban the importation and production of codeine, saying the ban “is a major breakthrough in the fight against drug abuse among youths in the country”.

Islamic State beheads three brothers in Afghanistan

Militants from Islamic State have beheaded three brothers, all working in the medical profession, in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar, an official said, on Monday.

UN denies calling for legalisation of cannabis in Nigeria

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has distanced the organisation from the news making the rounds that it called for the decriminalisation of cannabis in Nigeria.

UN asks Nigeria to relax stringent laws against marijuana

The United Nations (UN) has asked the federal government to relax its “stringent laws” against the use of marijuana.

Wildlife Day: UN warns over extinction of wild cats

The UN has called for the protection of big cats species such as lions, tigers and leopards, warning that they are fast going into extinction.

ECOWAS, CSOs partner to curb drug abuse in West Africa

The Economic Community of West African States has collaborated with civil society organizations to curb drug and substance abuse in six West African countries.

NDLEA seeks Edo govt support in war against illicit drugs

The Edo Command of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has called for support from the state government to enable it to destroy more than 130,000 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa.

Trafficking of pills used by suicide bombers soars in Sahel

The UN has warned of a rise in trafficking of the synthetic opioid tramadol across West Africa, as one official revealed it is being found in the pockets of suicide bombers.

Nigeria must make hard choices to end drug abuse – Expert

The Centre for Research and Information on Substance Abuse (CRISA), has said that Nigeria must be prepared to take hard decisions if the war against drug abuse must be won.

United Nations urges thorough investigation of seized rifles

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has urged Nigeria Custom Service to work with the police for comprehensive investigation on seizure of fire arms at Tin-Can Island port in Lagos recently.

NBA pledges support to justice sector reforms

The Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) has pledged its support to efforts of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, in reforming the justice sector and fighting corruption.

Time to stamp out human trafficking – UN scribe

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has declared that the time has come to stamp out human trafficking, pledging UN action to eradicate the ‘heinous crime’

NDLEA arrests 67 persons for alleged drug trafficking in Edo

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Edo says it has arrested 67 persons for allegedly trafficking in various drugs in the state.

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