Written by Williams ABAH

PSN seeks ban on hawking of psychotic drugs

The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, has called for the removal of psychotic drugs from the streets hawkers and those that sell in a commercial bus.

The president Pharmaceutical society of Nigeria, PSN, Sam Ohuabunwa, stated this at a briefing in Abuja, organised by the society to mark the World Pharmacy Day.

He also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Pharmacy Bill into law.

Ohuabunwa added that ethical and psychotic drugs must be taken away from streets, and commercial buses, stressing the need to pass the pharmacy bill into law.

He noted that the control of dangerous drugs and everyday medications goes beyond forming committees.

According to him, the existing laws are archaic and offenders leverage on that to promote the illicit circulation of these drugs.

He stated that the National Drug Distribution Guidelines was conceptualised about seven years ago, which would have addressed the open drug market and reduce irresponsible access to medication and counterfeiting to a tolerable level.

The PSN president also urged policymakers in the health sector to promote pharmaceutical care.

He said, “The lack of support for pharmaceutical care by policymakers and cooperation by other health care professionals has sustained the gap in quality of health care between Nigeria and other countries, including those in our level of development.

Also, a psychiatry specialist with Benue State University Teaching Hospital, BSUTH, Dr, Olorunninyo Omidiji, who also harped on more awareness on mental health said the disease is gaining momentum in the society.

 

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