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NDLEA Introduces New Drug, ’ Fentanyl ‘ Into Nigerian Market

he National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has announced that some persons are planning to introduce an illicit drug, Fentanyl into the Nigerian market. The agency made the announcement in a statement on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, by its Director, of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi. According to the NDLEA, Fentanyl is 100 times stronger than Tramadol. The anti-narcotic agency warned that the drug is capable of causing mass casualty among the youth population being targeted by the cartels.

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 set of people plan to do this illicit drugs 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 National Drug law enforcement agency [NDLEA ] has assured the public that all necessary assets had been deployed to monitor the cartels involved. Also they have vowed to make sure that this set of persons are fished out and their efforts or rather their plans towards bringing in such drugs will be thwarted seriously and they will face the wrath of the law.

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