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NDLEA Discovers Plans To Introduce Fentanyl Into Nigerian Market

NDLEA Discovers Plans To Introduce Fentanyl Into Nigerian Market 

The NDLEA says that fentanyl is 100 times more potent than tramadol.

By Omotayo Olutekunbi

A scheme to bring the illegal narcotic Fentanyl into the Nigerian market has been revealed by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

On November 8, 2022, the organization released a statement that was written by Femi Babafemi, the director of media and advocacy.

Fentanyl is 100 times more potent than Tramadol, according to the NDLEA.

The substance is the potential of inflicting a large number of casualties among the adolescent population that the cartels are targeting, the anti-narcotic agency said.

The statement reads: “We are not unaware of desperate efforts by some drug cartels to introduce to the Nigerian market, Fentanyl, which according to the CDC, is 80 times as potent as morphine and 100 times more potent than heroin.

“This, they plan to do either in liquid or powder form and/or with misleading labels to target our youth population.

“This they may also mix with other prescription drugs. The illegally manufactured fentanyl in its liquid form can come in nasal sprays, eye drops, or small candies.

“As a result, parents and other stakeholders are advised to be vigilant, alert, and warn their young ones against attempting experimenting with this illicit substance. Symptoms for fentanyl exposure and/or overdose include pinpoint pupils, falling asleep or losing consciousness, slow and shallow breathing, choking or gurgling sounds, limp body, and pale, blue, or cold skin.”

The NDLEA gave the public the assurance that all essential resources had been deployed to keep an eye on the participating cartels.

The agency committed to thwarting the cartels’ illicit scheme and forcing them to face the consequences of their actions.

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