THE Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria ACPN, Lagos State chapter has said the outright ban placed on codeine- containing syrups by the Federal Government, would only push up the acquisition of the products since the old available stock would now be sold secretly by charlatans.

The Association said the only way forward is to implement prescription policy in the country as this remains the panacea to drug abuse.

Pharm. Olabanji Benedict Obideyi, the Chairman, Lagos State ACPN said the ban cannot achieve much but would deny some citizens access to medications that are needed to cater for their health as not everyone using these medications abuses it.

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