The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) Friday declared that uncontrolled access to substance abuse was greatly contributing to security challenges in the country.
The PCN director of enforcement, Pharm. Stephen Esumobi, said the enforcement team had already sealed off 115 pharmacies and 319 patent medicine shops in Plateau state within one week of its operation in the state.
He made the disclosure at a press conference held at the conference hall of the Federal Secretariat, Jos.
“Uncontrolled access to substances of abuse (sic) has contributed in no small ways to the security challenges across the country,” he said.
According to him, all licensed pharmacies are authorised to stock and sell all categories of medicines, in line with regulations.
“These unregistered premises have become channels for the illegal distribution and sale of substances of abuse to members of the public including those with criminal intentions.
“A total of 434 premises made up of115 pharmacies and 319 patent medicine shops were sealed for various offences.”