The state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Bello, has therefore tasked the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) to come to the assistance of the state.
He pleaded with PSN to partner with the government in the fight against the abuse and sale of expired drugs.
The governor made the plea when he hosted the National President of the Society, Mr. Ahmad Yakasai who led members of the executive council for the 89th annual conference of the society holding in Minna.
The governor expressed deep concern that the effect of drug abuse was gradually taking deep root in communal life of the people of the state, especially the youth.
He also said a new emerging trend is the sales of expired drugs, especially in the rural areas.
He blamed some pharmacists who indulged in the sales of expired drugs to unsuspecting members of the public.
The governor said some pharmacists have been identified as culprits and that state government would not hesitate to hand over anybody who engaged in unwholesome and unethical practice to the police.
He challenged the society to carry out weed out bad eggs in practice through the withdrawal of licenses those found wanting, especially pharmacist found aiding drug abuse or dealing in fake and expired drugs.
“This is a fight that all of us must join hands to fight.’’
As a professional body, I would suggest withdrawal of the licence of any erring member to serve as deterrent to others.
“For us we are going to go after any Pharmacist or Pharmacy found aiding drug abuse, buying and selling drugs to people without prescription by a qualified doctor.
“We have identified some. We are going after them. This is a total war. Same goes for those trading in expired and fake drugs. We are coming for them,” the governor warned.
Earlier Yakasai said the society was committed to a cordial and team work spirit with other professional bodies in the healthcare delivery service.
He then called on the people to participate in the forthcoming drug abuse campaign across the country.