Aisha Buhari to Pharmacists, Control Drug Abuse
Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari has urged pharmacists to play their part in curbing drug abuse in the country.
She made this call while receiving members of Association of Lady Pharmacists (ALP) on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Mrs. Buhari harped that the frequent abuse of some prescription drugs especially by women and youths has resulted in the destruction of lives of millions of victims.
She maintained that the association need to play their part in the ongoing effort of the government to protect women and youths from drug abuse.
“Government has done well by banning importation of codeine for the preparation of cough syrups as well as retailing of codeine containing cough syrups without prescription. There is the need for pharmacists to comply with the enforcement directive. Lady Pharmacists as mothers, have a special role in protecting women and youths against drug abuse.” She said.
Mrs. Buhari extolled members of the pharmaceutical profession for their role in research, production and dispensing of medicines that cure diseases and save lives.
Earlier, National Chairman, Association of Lady Pharmacists, Pharmacist Zainab Ujudud Shariff commended the efforts of Mrs. Buhari through Future Assured, especially in the area of IDPs, women and youth empowerment. She stated the commitment of the ALP to similar ideals, promising to support Future Assured in any way possible.
Shariff posited that drug abuse is indeed a huge challenge that requires input from all stakeholders, and as lady Pharmacists, they have a special reason to lead the war at homes, markets, schools and elsewhere.