Street Debate: Why is drug abuse soaring in Nigeria? – DW (English)

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Drug abuse among young people in Nigeria’s north is sadly becoming an all-too-common problem. But what’s behind the rise in substance abuse? And is it possible to wage – and win – a war against drugs?

Drug abuse among young people in Nigeria’s north is sadly becoming an all-too-common problem. But what’s behind the rise in substance abuse? And is it possible to wage — and win — a war against drugs? DW’s Edith Kimani heads to Abuja to find out.
 
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