A yet-to-be identified Onitsha-based trader has allegedly abandoned a substance suspected to be tramadol concealed in bags of garri.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control said the substance was concealed in five bags of the staple.

The Director General, NAFDAC, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, stated this at the inauguration of the NAFDAC-Young Against Drug Abuse Awareness campaign and stakeholders’ meeting in Onitsha, Anambra State, on Wednesday.

Represented by the State Coordinator, NAFDAC, Mrs Christiana Esenwah, Adeyeye said the bags were seized, while the owner ran away on sighting officers of the agency.

The DG, who spoke on the topic: ‘Abuse of psychoactive drugs in Nigeria: Our Problem’, expressed concern over the increasing rate of drug abuse among youths, especially in the North-West.

“It is estimated that 70 per cent of the boys in Kano are on drugs, while a lot of young girls and women of childbearing age abuse drugs in order to overcome frustration,” Adeyeye stated.

The state YADA Project Coordinator, Onyeka Obidiegwu, said the campaign was a school-based programme aimed at sensitising students to the dangers of drug abuse.

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