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Nigeria’s Drug Abuse Problem is Closer Than You Imagined



Nigeria's Drug Abuse Problem is Closer Than You ImaginedA video showing the rate of drug abuse in Nigeria’s most popular city – Lagos has got people talking about an impending crisis except something is done.

Nigeria is facing an emerging threat following the rise of illegal drug laboratories in the country as there is weaker enforcement, compared to Europe and the Americas.

In 2016, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested four Mexicans and five Nigerians for allegedly running a meth lab in Asaba, the Delta state capital.

An Al Jazeera report in 2016 also said that 11 laboratories have been dismantled in the country in the last four (now five) years.

In a video released by Dr Tony Rapu, Senior Pastor of This Present House , the sad sight of people fighting to get the largest portion of crack is heartbreaking. The video also showed the men injecting heroin into their bodies.

“Unfortunately three of the men in this video have since died from drug overdose,” Tony Rapu said in the caption.

As shocking as this is, some Twitters claim crack use has been on as far back as the 90s or even farther.

Other users claim there is a base called Ipodo at Ikeja, the state’s capital that serves as base for the retail of these drugs.

Watch the video below:

A couple of months ago, a Twitter user narrated how he almost died from drug overdose in February 2016.

He said he took 1000mg of tramadol per day with codeine, 4 days a week and didn’t know he was killing himself slowly.

He said him and a couple of friends had gathered to get high. “SK, codeine, Trams, dry gin refnol, name it,” he said of the things they were taking that day until he dozed off.

He narrated how he woke up later with bruises on his lips and swollen gum. His friends looked at him as if a miracle just happened and were asking if he was OK. They told him how he woke up after dozing off and started stuttering. He was choking, shortly before falling hard on the floor – in the throes of vicious spasms.

He said most of the people in the room ran and the remaining had planned to cut his body in pieces and dispose it in the carnal if he had passed.

He said while trying to save him during the seizure, they put spoons in his mouth and the whole struggle got him the mouth injuries. He fell asleep shortly after.

That is one bold individual who lived to tell his story among many who may have been dead, or are still addicted.

While these drugs provide a short-time high, they immediately lead to depression as soon as their effect subsides. Drug abuse eventually leads to addiction, and then respiratory or heart diseases, and ultimately death, except something is done, and done fast.

The government and citizens must join hands to nip this in the bud.

If this continue to grow, in a few years, we may be fighting a war against drug abuse just like we are fighting winning against terrorism.

We have to raise awareness on the negative impacts of drug abuse, and also support the addicted. Condemnation will solve nothing, but only fuel the raging fire, and we clearly do not want to experience that.

What can you do to join the fight?

  • Get help for victims
  • Educate friends and family about drug use and abuse
  • Support rehabilitation centres – volunteer, donate and advocate for.


  1. C

    July 14, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Another I’d want to add is people die from relapse allot like if you have quite drugs and gotten rehab but unfortunately happen to relapse do not take the same amount as before you got rehabilitated because your body has slowly gone back to normal and is not as tolerant of same dosages as before rehab. Dang Meth and crack in Nigeria I wouldn’t believe it I wouldn’t think Nigerians could be as stupid as to experiment on themselves like that. That’s a one hit and you survive lifetime addiction that takes a lot to battle. Look at Natalie Cole, Cuba Holding Sr etc … Whoa this is crazy who is filtering these drugs into the country. Tramadol expensive too least here in the States… Smh

  2. Em

    July 14, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Wow!! Didn’t know it’s reached the stage that our youths are now abusing meth and crack. Apart from the respiratory, cardiac problems and addiction, there’s drug induced psychosis.

    • Sisi

      July 15, 2017 at 11:54 am

      Youth ke, those are grown adult men. This is unfortunate, I never would have imagined. This needs tackling – drug addiction is one of the worst ills a society can have as leads to so many other things, theft, violence, gangs, money laundering etc

    • Em

      July 15, 2017 at 2:34 pm

      I’m referring to those ones out there abusing codeine and tramadaol, not just the ones in the video. If they can abuse those then they can abuse meth or crack.

  3. AJA

    July 14, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    also the Nigerian health sector doesnt have the capability to deal with the patients that will overdose,

  4. Jade

    July 14, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Another increasing problem Nigerians are in denial of just like many others. They will rather be in denial than address it.

  5. Melly

    July 15, 2017 at 12:44 am


  6. Ify

    July 15, 2017 at 3:44 am

    Oh dear!! I cannot believe that this is happening in Nigeria. Have we gotten to this stage?

  7. gurl_wendy

    July 15, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Wow, this is so freaking sad, I am so bloody naive and sheltered, had no idea this was going on in Lagos, these are not young men for Christ’s sake.

  8. Victor Adegoke

    July 15, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Most Slay girls and irresponsible guys take codeine, Sk and they even post it on the Internet. The age brackets of 18- 40 years is a critical stage in our development, most of the youths in this age categories are victims of this deadly surge. Only God can deliver us. Amen.

  9. kayla

    July 15, 2017 at 8:11 am

    while living in lagos, maryland precisely. i had this friend who smokes weed, it will shock u to know that weed is sold on almost every street. i was actually insulted for staying abroad and still not able to smoke. like it adds to your accomplishment in life. sorry case though

  10. artklub

    July 15, 2017 at 8:49 am

    All the time unseen forces were flooding drugs into Black American society one would think that the Blacks there have a real problem not knowing that their society was destroyed on purpose. There are are unseen forces that just do not want to see the Nigeria happen, and with the exploding population here, they will take us out anyway possible: forced sterilization, killer vaccinations, Aids, Ebola and Drug addiction. Guys there are enemies among us – our own people who will sell us out to foreigners who want to destroy us and want to keep us down and take all our resources. After they will say there is something wrong with Blacks and Africans. Call out our enemies within!

    • Sisi

      July 15, 2017 at 11:55 am


    • nene

      July 15, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      very true

  11. artklub

    July 15, 2017 at 8:51 am

    If there comes a real drug epidemic like in the USA, this will be the real life ZOMBIE NATION! CANCEL THIS ASAP. If you are related to a drug dealer report them, turn them in. Money isn’t everything. Short sighted idiots.

  12. Jay

    July 15, 2017 at 10:06 am

    You will be surprised what’s really going on in this country, the party scene is riddled with drugs, runs girls especially are all on crack and cocaine, it’s the easiest way to lure them into bed, some will accept drugs instead of money for sex, dozens of drug induced orgies happen every weekend in this Lagos. It is becoming an epidemic, university girls will not go back to school until the drugs stop coming, crack is the worst, it makes you horny and you won’t want to stop until you have finished all your money, ppl who normally wouldn’t can find themselves stealing to buy some more, girls offer sex freely for another hit. What would surprise you is that crack is sold in almost every area of Lagos, weed sellers have started selling crack too because it sells faster. Some ppl can spend straight 2 days with no sleep whatsoever doing crack and having sex, watch your children, friends and siblings very well for erratic behaviour, they might have just started it. It destroys lives and finances.

  13. Dolor

    July 15, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Stop the drug war with objective of shutting down the black market. The drug war has failed. The drug war is driving the problems, not fixing them. Decriminalization/legalization is necessary, it needs to be backed up with public health announcements explaining exactly why it is needed. Its not in any way condoning the abuse of addictors, it is done bc the alternative, the drug war, has made things infinitely worse on almost every level, to include making drugs abundantly available to any & all that wants them.
    We need to pull LE out of the drug biz – that will free up a lot of resources currently chasing their collective tails. When the laws create more harm and cause more damage than they prevent, its time to change the laws. The $1 TRILLION so-called war on drugs is a massive big government failure – on nearly every single level. Its way past time to put the cartels & black market drug dealers out of business. Mass incarceration has failed. We cant even keep drugs out of a contained & controlled environment like prison.
    We need the science of addiction causation to guide prevention, treatment, recovery & public policies. Otherwise, things will inexorably just continue to worsen & no progress will be made. Addiction causation research has continued to show that some people (suffering with addiction) have a “hypo-active endogenous opioid/reward system.” This is the (real) brain disease, making addiction a symptom, not a disease itself. One disease, one pathology. Policy must be made reflecting addiction(s) as a health issue.
    The war on drugs is an apotheosis of the largest & longest war failure in history. It actually exposes our children to more harm & risk and does not protect them whatsoever. In all actuality, the war on drugs is nothing more than an international projection of a domestic psychosis. It is not the “great child protection act,” its actually the complete opposite.
    Let’s remember – opioids (drug) prohibition is a historical and cultural aberration, just 100 years old. We had fewer drug problems in my own grandparents’ time when opium, morphine, heroin, cocaine and cannabis could all still be bought legally over the counter.
    (Re)legalizing opioids would not be a “risky social experiment”, as some think. On the contrary, drugs prohibition was the reckless social experiment. Alcohol prohibition didn’t work, and opioid prohibition is failing even more miserably. The longer we’ve had drug prohibition laws in place, the worse have the social and health problems they cause gotten.
    The lesson is clear: Drug laws do not stop people from harming themselves, but they do cause addicts to commit crimes and harm others. We need a new approach that decriminalizes the disease. We must protect society from the collateral damage of addiction and stop waging war on ourselves. We need common sense harm reduction approaches desperately. MAT (medication assisted treatment) and HAT (heroin assisted treatment) must be available options. Of course, MJ should not be a sched drug at all.

  14. adelegirl

    July 15, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    The Nigerian govt has failed over the past decades thinking that Nigeria is merely a transit point for drug trafficking and not a consumer nation. These are men in their late 40s to 50s probably. They’ve probably been at this for at least 2 decades. These illicit drugs like crack, heroin, meth, etc are now so cheap that drug use is no longer the hobby of the rich. You can actually purchase wraps of these things for as low as N200. NDLEA and our health institutions need to be strengthened adequately to deal with these issues. A study showed that there are only about 500 beds in this country to cater to drug addiction issues. Can you imagine that in a country of over 180mn and counting??? Drug addiction needs to be treated like a health issue that it is, not criminalizing it, making it difficult for addicts to find proper care. NDLEA is woefully underfunded and therefore grossly inefficient, lacking the capacity to deal with the real drug barons instead focusing on the minor traffickers. For every trafficker that is arrested at least 5 have escaped scrutiny. Heard a chilling story of how traffickers dismembered one of them who died suddenly after carrying drugs ingested in his body into an Asian country. They couldn’t allow the merchandise waste so they cut him up and retrieved the drugs. This is not a joking sturves. We mostly only hear about traffickers arrested at airports, how about our seaports? It must be so easy to bring drugs in through the seaports well hidden in huge containers that berth at the seaports every day. Now, to make matters worse, the govt has banned NDLEA from the seaports.
    Until the govt sees the growing drug problem- incessant trafficking and an exponential growth in consumption as a problem and takes the required steps to tackle it head on, the downward spiral may continue unabated

  15. jinkelele

    July 16, 2017 at 12:01 am

    Not surprised.
    Drug use was rife in the 70s & 80s in Nigeria . Ikeja olowu demdem street. Heroine crack etc, it’s the real reason for those you see begging for cash under false pretences (imaginary diseases). Many from wealthy families back then . Heroine and crack are expensive addictions.
    The prescription drug abuse and SK, codeine are the recent ones, cheap affordable highs

  16. Sabrina

    February 16, 2020 at 8:54 am

    This is what happened to black people in America. Crack epidemic destroyed my neighborhood, destroyed ambition, and created a new generation of ignorant negroes. Stop this epidemic now or it will destroy your country. I am a alcohol and drug counselor in NY. I deal with addicts daily. Addiction is a spiritual, behavioral, biological, psychological, societal, and neurological disorder that needs to be tackled from every angle.

  17. C

    March 5, 2021 at 3:54 am

    I am a user, I am not proud of it! Ever since I got introduced to crack cocaine in 2016 by my best friend who made it seem like heaven! I have been battling with myself seriously ! I don’t want to go to rehab! I am scared! It makes me lose focus and I even end up with financial issues, I can’t keep money in my pocket . Sometimes I tend to shiver or my right arm wouldn’t stop fidgeting I am scared!! It took guts for me to admit all of this but I feel it’s high time I put an end to it all I don’t wanna disappoint my loved ones but the symptoms are making me more aggressive and violent to my family members and I don’t want it! Please anybody help me !

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