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Codeine crisis: Emzor to partner stakeholders on drug abuse

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Codeine crisis: Emzor to partner stakeholders on drug abuse

Against the background of the recent codeine crisis, Emzor Pharmaceuticals Industries Limited has announced that it would make relevant and impactful contributions to discussions on the way to tackle drug abuse in the country.

 

Group General Manager/Chief Executive 0fficer (CEO), Emzor Pharmaceuticals Industries Limited, Dr. Stella Okoli who disclosed this recently, said from the limited depiction of rehabilitation efforts represented in the BBC documentary programme, there was room for much support and improvement in the treatment and rehabilitation of persons affected by drug addiction.

 

She spoke during a briefing to announce that re-opening of Emzor Pharmaceuticals Industries Limited by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

Okoli therefore commended the Federal Government, relevant agencies and NAFDAC for their prompt response to what was a serious matter of deep concern to all Nigerians. “We also commend the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) for their prompt response as all Nigerians called for action towards controlling the situation.”

Okoli said, “As parent and especially a Mother, I am deeply saddened by the problem of drug abuse and its damaging effect on our children and youths. Even more painful is the fact that a genuine therapeutic product, made for the relief of a specific illness, has been turned into a substance of abuse.”

 

“We commend the Federal Government and the relevant agencies and NAFDAC for their prompt response to what is a serious matter of deep concern to all Nigerians. We also commend the Federal Ministry of Health for their prompt response as all Nigerians called for action towards controlling the situation.”

 

Okoli said, “NAFDAC, after their inspections are satisfied that our manufacturing processes conform to all laid down procedure and we are a fully compliant company.

 

“Our company has been consistently compliant and we have valid Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certifications.”

 

According to her, Emzor, was committed to making unlimited wellness available to all Nigerians, “through our range of more than 120 high quality healthcare products, which are all duly approved by NAFDAC.” Okoli said, for more than thirty years, Nigerians have trusted “our brand name, which stands for quality and reliability. This trust we have earned, through unrelenting hard work and commitment to the highest standards and best practices in pharmaceutical manufacturing.”

 

Speaking in the same vein, Mrs Uzoma Ezeoke, executive director, General Duties, Human Resources and Finance, said so many issues had been raised since the BBC codeine documentary, but that of drug abuse has generated concerns because it affected the wellbeing of the youths.

 

According to her, tackling drug abuse in youths would need a lot of input from everyone. “We all have a role to play. We hope the conversation would be wide,” adding that the problem would require a multi-sectoral approach to address.

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