Sending the Right Message on Drug Use and Dependence

Sending the Right Message on Drug UseIn the attempt to demystify and destigmatize drug use, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has developed an array of information, education and communication (IEC) materials to educate members of the general population and law enforcement officials  across Nigeria on the nature of drug use and dependence as well as drug use prevention, treatment and care (DPTC).

Evidence-based sensitization activities can support the development and delivery of evidence- based policy and services contributing to improved drug treatment service uptake when targeting local leaders and practitioners. 

Too often, in existing legislative and administrative frameworks drug use is treated as a criminal act, rather than a health challenge which reinforces stigmatization towards drug users and lowers the expectations of their recovery and reintegration into the society. 

The European Union funded UNODC project 'Response to Drugs and Related Organized Crime in Nigeria' has developed a training package with eleven different topics and IEC materials. The IEC materials which includes five fact sheets, two poster information sheets and four slogan posters in nine different designs were field tested in the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital (FNPH) Yaba and a community based drug treatment, the Centre for the Right to Health in Nigeria. It was subsequently adapted and will be widely disseminated across Nigeria to various stakeholders from the government, civil society, media and faith based organizations.

The new IEC materials were displayed for the first time in Uyo on 13 July 2017 at a media event with Members of the Senate and House Committees on Drugs and Narcotics.