April 17, 2018
Lagos (INVESTADVOCATE)-Edo State has ranked highest in drug seizure in 2017, recording 45,338 kilogram (KG) of drug seized, while Zamfara State recorded the least with 87.21kg of drug seized, according to the latest report from the National; Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
The NBS reports that drug seizure and arrest statistics in 2017 reflected that 309,713kg of drugs were seized in in the review year.
A breakdown of this shows that a total of 191,353 kg of Cannabis was seized in 2017 This represents 61.8 percent of the total drug seized within the period under review.
Tramadol followed closely with 96,136kg seized representing 31 percent of the total drug seized.
The NBS says 10,290 arrest were made in 2017, 9,626 were male while 664 were female. 1,605 or 15.6 percent were convicted in 2017 while 1,167 or 11.3 percent were on counseling.
“92,687 kg of exhibits were destroyed while 317 hectares of farmland were also destroyed,” the nation’s statistics office revealed.
Reports has it that Tramadol, the opioid painkiller is at the heart of Nigeria’s drug problem; especially among the youths.
Reports also has it that currently, painkillers are all the rave for recreational drug users globally and in Nigeria, the favourite of them is Tramadol, an over the counter pain medication that is at the heart of the country’s present drug problem.