Kano, Jigawa youths consume more than 3 million bottles of codeine syrup daily – Sen Bashir
Senator Baba Kaka Bashir, the senator representing Borno central, has said excessive abuse of drug by northern youths have rendered them unproductive.
Bashir said this on the floor of the senate while moving the motion to check the rising menace of drug abuse among youth, especially in northern Nigeria.
The senator representing Borno central, and 40 lawmakers sponsored a bill on drug abuse.
He said, “Research has shown that Kano and Jigawa states consume more than three million bottles of codeine syrup daily, as abusers take up to 3 to 8 bottles daily,” he said.
“The increasing abuse of cough and prescriptive drugs, among the youth and women across the 19 northern states in the country, has resulted’ in meaningless deaths, rendered them largely unproductive and has devastated many upper and middle class families’ in northern Nigeria.
“Several reports about young girls in tertiary institutions in northern Nigeria, who have taken to an alarming abuse of the codeine cough syrup, which is often taken, mixed with a soft drink.”
In her contribution, Senator Remi Tinubu, representing Lagos central, says women are turning to drugs because their husbands are not making them happy.
“Nigerian men need to do a lot in taking care of their wives and showing care,” Tinubu said.
“Who is supposed to take care of the family? If she is not happy, if she is not being emotionally cared for, she would resort to whatever is available and I think Nigerian men a lot to do in that respect.
“We know that children are good at resorting to a lot of vices. So, for me when it comes to prayers I want to make a suggestion about drug rehabilitation centre.
“I have always advocated and I believe across Nigeria we should have drug rehabilitation centres so that children can quickly check themselves in.
“This is something that is not available so that some children might just stop and decide that ‘I’m tired of this life, how do I get help’. Help should be accessible to them.”