Drug usage

PSN visits Pfizer, plans to implement drug distribution guidelines

PSN seeks harmonization between pharmacists and other healthcare workers

The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has pledged to implement drug distribution guidelines and curriculum training for pharmacists in Nigeria. The president of the association, Ahmed Yakasai, said this when he and other executives of the society paid a courtesy visit to Pfizer Nigeria in Lagos.

He said the society under his leadership would also aggressively pursue insurance cover for pharmacists, and harmonization between pharmacists and other healthcare workers.

He described PSN as an organisation that was set up to maintain high standards of Professional ethics and discipline among its members;

UN calls for global responses to challenges posed by the world drug problem

In commemoration of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General has called for “a global response that is simultaneously effective, compassionate and humane,” to the challenges posed by the world drug problem.

“I call on countries and communities to continue to improve the lives of everyone blighted by drug abuse by integrating security and public safety with a heightened focus on health, human rights, and sustainable development,” said the UN chief in his message on the Day.

The illicit trade in drugs fosters transnational organized crime networks,

UN reports sharp increase in number of heroin users

The number of people suffering from drug use disorders has increased disproportionally for the first time in six years in 2014, while the number of people who used at least one drug stayed at five per cent of the adult population, according to the annual report prepared by the United Nations.

The World Drug Report 2016, which examines the health impact of using opiates, cocaine, cannabis, amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) and new psychoactive substances (NPS), was released last week by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), ahead of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on 26 June.