How an improved understanding of drug use can contribute to peace and stability in Nigeria
|Title||How an improved understanding of drug use can contribute to peace and stability in Nigeria|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Subtitle / Series Title||Policy Brief|
This policy brief presents the findings of a study conceptualised by the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP) and carried out by International Alert on the prevalence of drug use in Nigeria. The study predominantly found that drug abuse is on the rise, particularly among women and youth, and that it is considered to be a contributing factor in various forms of conflict. Drug users face stigma from their communities and options for treatment are limited. Respondents highlighted that powerful individuals in Nigerian society are involved in the drug trade and use drugs to disrupt rival campaigns during elections. The
study also reveals that regulations covering potentially harmful prescription drugs, such as tramadol, Exol and codeine, are potentially insufficient. The policy brief ends with a discussion on how adopting a peacebuilding approach to the problem of drug use in Nigeria will require an institutional understanding that its impact is not solely limited to the fields of health and law enforcement.
For more information, read International Alert's research report "Out of the shadows. Adopting a peacebuilding approach to the social effects of drug use in Nigeria" (2017)