She made the call , while receiving members of Association of Lady Pharmacists (ALP) at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja.
Mrs. Buhari noted that the frequent abuse of some prescription drugs especially by women and youths, has led to the destruction of the lives of millions of victims ,and called on the members of the association to play their part in protecting 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”
According to the wife of the president ,Lady Pharmacists as mothers, have a special role in protecting women and youths against drug abuse.
She extolled members of the pharmaceutical profession for the the role they played in the research, production and dispensing of medicines that cure diseases and save lives.
The National Chairman, Association of Lady Pharmacists, Pharmacist Zainab Ujudud Shariff said that drug abuse is indeed a huge challenge that requires input from all stakeholders.
“We lady pharmacist have a special reason to lead the war at homes, markets, schools and elsewhere.
The efforts of Mrs. Buhari through Future Assured, especially in the area of IDPs, women and youth empowerment is commendable
“Presently, we carry our campaigns, advocacy and school debates on drug abuse; we have also championed calls for the establishment of rehabilitation centers across the country to cater for the victims of drug abuse.”
The Association made donations of deworming and antimalarial drugs as well as folic acid for use by Future Assured in its medical outreaches.
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