The Perceptions of Health Care Providers on the Current Therapeutic Utility of Codeine Containing Cough Syrups in Askira-Uba Local Government Area of Borno State Nigeria
Advances in Psychology and Neuroscience
Volume 2, Issue 2-1, March 2017, Pages: 1-6
Received: Jul. 17, 2016; Accepted: Jul. 19, 2016; Published: Feb. 14, 2017
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Uthman Garba Sadiq, Department of Ethno-Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Maiduguri, Maidugri, Nigeria
Danjuma Charles Uba, Department of Ethno-Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Maiduguri, Maidugri, Nigeria
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Abstract
The non-medical consumption of codeine containing cough syrups (CCCS) in some communities of Northern Nigeria has become a subject of public concern of recent, largely due to its potential health hazards on the users and socio-economic impacts on the Society. The following work studied the drug prescribers’ and dispensers’ perceptions on the usage of CCCS within Askira Uba Local Government Area (LGA) of Borno State of Nigeria. The work aimed at understanding some health care providers’ views of the therapeutic relevance of CCCS against the background of its abuse in Askira/Uba LGA. A questionnaire based survey was conducted within the study area. Health care providers, categorised into prescribers and dispensers were recruited and administered structured questionnaire. The questionnaire basically addressed demography of health care providers and socio-political factors surrounding the therapeutic utility of CCCS. Data obtained were analysed using simple descriptive and inferential statics. The majority of the prescribers and dispensers were male of six to ten years of practice. The majority of patent medicine vendors did not support the idea of transferring CCCS from the Over-The-Counter (OTC) list to the Prescription-only-Medicine (PoM) list as against the perceptions of the other dispensers (pharmacists) as well as that of the prescribers. On the other hand, the notion of putting a ban on CCCS was supported by the majority of prescribers while the majority of the dispensers felt that a ban might not be necessary. Primary health care providers within Askira Uba LGA of Borno State have supported the idea of reclassifying CCCS from the OTC category to the PoM category with a view of controlling its distribution.
Keywords
Cough, Codeine, Narcotics, Askira-Uba, Borno State, Nigeria, Control Substances, Prescribers, Dispensers, Patent Drug Vendors
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Uthman Garba Sadiq, Danjuma Charles Uba, The Perceptions of Health Care Providers on the Current Therapeutic Utility of Codeine Containing Cough Syrups in Askira-Uba Local Government Area of Borno State Nigeria, Advances in Psychology and Neuroscience. Special Issue:Substance Abuse: Perspectives, Trends, Issues and the Way Forward. Vol. 2, No. 2-1, 2017, pp. 1-6. doi: 10.11648/j.apn.s.2017020201.11
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