Sweet sweet codeine: Nigeria's cough syrup crisis – BBC Africa Eye documentary


In Nigeria, thousands of young people are addicted to codeine cough syrup – a medicine that’s become a street drug.

The Nigerian senate estimates that 3 million bottles of codeine syrup are drunk every day in just two states – Kano and Jigawa.

But who makes this syrup? And who sells it to Nigeria’s students?

BBC Africa Eye went undercover to investigate.

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Date: July 24, 2020

32 thoughts on “Sweet sweet codeine: Nigeria's cough syrup crisis – BBC Africa Eye documentary

  1. Just when nigeria is rising theres this, drug addictions are the worst and the most important social evil to fight against in a developing country. Good on Nigerian government to not take this lightly.

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  4. Their way to help addicts is bind them in chains? Wow! What kind of healthcare is this? So that is how addicts and mentally ill are treated over there… I am so so sorry for all those people. They need a mental facility or rehab, not to be chained to the ground

  5. Leave her makeup alone. It can be really hard for POC to find their correct match because brands don’t make enough dark shades! That may have been the best she could find at the time. And that really shouldn’t be people’s focus here 😒

  6. If only I waz there i can swear god that i would end the misery..the poor..the charity.!!
    When sometimes you the rich people waste their money n here a gangmembers helping the poor to feel better…🤤

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