Drug Prevention, Treatment and Control

For a long time considered mainly a transit country, the drug use epidemic has reached highly preoccupying levels in Nigeria. While cannabis remains the most popular drug, there is a rapidly evolving trend towards the non-medical use of prescription drugs, such as tramadol and cough syrups as well as a growing number of injecting and other high risk drug users. At the same time, Nigerian drug trafficking networks continue to fuel both the local as well as the international illicit drugs markets. Nigeria is a party to the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971, and the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic, in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1998 which together with the National Drug Control Master Plan for Nigeria guide UNODC's work in this area.

Our work

Since inception of its work in Nigeria, UNODC has been supporting State and Non-State actors in their efforts to prevent and counter drug production, trafficking and use and to enhance access to quality drug prevention, treatment and care services. More recently, efforts have been particularly focused on improving evidence-based policy review and development, enhancing technical skills and operational capacity of frontline agencies, and strengthening drug treatment, rehabilitation and prevention capacities across the public service as well as relevant NGOs.

Our partners

Key partners for UNODC's work in this area include, among others, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Elimination of Drug Use (PACEDA), the Federal Ministry of Health, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), the Federal Ministry of Justice, the Federal Ministry of Education, the Nigerian judiciary, as well as a host of civil society organizations.

Our projects

Since 2013, under the European Union funded project "Response to Drugs and Related Organized Crime", UNODC supports State and non-State actors in Nigeria in their efforts to fight drug production, trafficking and use and to improve access to quality drug prevention, treatment and care services in Nigeria.

UNODC Country Office in Nigeria contributes to the implementation of the European Union funded regional project "Support to ECOWAS Regional Action Plan on Illicit Drug Trafficking, Organized Crime related to it and Drug Abuse in West Africa".

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