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Nigeria and the menace of illicit drug trafficking and abuse

“On this International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, 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.” By Resolution 42/112 of December 7, 1987, the General Assembly …

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Nigeria bans codeine cough syrup to stop an addiction epidemic. But something worse could take its place.

They drink it in alleyways and markets, at bars and in private homes. They take it straight or mix it with Coca-Cola, making their purchases underground or in pharmacies, with a prescription or without. It’s codeine cough syrup, and Nigerian lawmakers estimate that the residents of just two states in the country’s north consume more …

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5 Reasons Why Young Nigerians are Turning to Illicit Drugs

If drug abuse has ever reached its present proportions in Nigeria’s history, the phenomenon was either not recorded or it, somehow, managed to escape our attention. Reports by new media and the general public indicate that drug use among Nigeria’s youth is worsening by the day. While Lagosians struggle to understand why drug-addled zombies are …

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Illicit Drugs in Nigeria

Illicit drugs: a transit point for heroin and cocaine intended for European, East Asian, and North American markets; consumer of amphetamines; safe haven for Nigerian narcotraffickers operating worldwide; major money-laundering center; massive corruption and criminal activity; Nigeria has improved some anti-money-laundering controls, resulting in its removal from the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF’s) Noncooperative Countries and …

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