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Nigeria

  • By: Gernot Klantschnig
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

Nigeria is a West African nation bordering the Gulf of Guinea to the south, Cameroon to the south and east, Benin to the west, Niger to the north, and Chad to the northeast. Nigeria has been Africa's major heroin and cocaine transshipment point since the mid-1980s, as well as one of the continent's key cannabis producing and consuming countries.

As a result, Nigeria has been the focus of international drug control efforts. Nigeria also has one of Africa's most developed policy frameworks on psychoactive substances.

Major Drug Problems

Psychoactive substances, such as alcohol and caffeine-containing kola nuts, have been produced, consumed, and controlled in many parts of Nigeria for centuries. Cannabis, heroin, and cocaine only appeared in the 20th century but have since been perceived as Nigeria's ...

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