SODAEC Rehabilitation Project In Nigeria:

Key Findings in the UNODC 2018 Research on Drug Use in Nigeria for the Year 2017:

1. In Nigeria, 1 in 7 persons aged 15-64 years had used a drug (other than tobacco and alcohol) in 2017. The year prevalence of any drug use is estimated at 14.4% (range 14.0%- 14.8%), corresponding to 14.3 million people aged 15-64 years who had used a psychoactive substance in the year for non-medical purposes.
2. Among every 4 drug users in Nigeria 1 is a woman. More men (annual prevalence of 21.8% or 10.8 million men) than women (annual prevalence of 7.0% or 3.4 million women) reported in the year drug use in Nigeria.
3. The highest levels of any past-year drug use was among those aged 25-39 years.
4. 1 in 5 person who had used drugs in the year is suffering from drug user disorders.
5. An estimated 4.7% of the population, i.e. 4.6 million people had used opioids (such as tramadol, codeine, or morphine) for non-medical purposes in the year.
6. Overall, an estimated 376,000 were estimated to be high risk drug users. The majority of high-risk drug users were regular users of opioids.
7. Nearly 40% of high-risk drug users indicated a need for treatment of drug use disorders. Most of the high-risk drug users considered it was difficult to access drug treatment. The cost of treatment, fear of stigma, unavailability of treatment services and lack of information about local treatment were cited as the primary barriers in accessing or availing drug treatment services.
8. Two-thirds of people who used drugs reported having serious problems, as result of their drug use, such as missing school or work, doing a poor job at work/ school or neglecting their family or children.
9. Nearly 1 in 8 persons (12% of the adult population) in Nigeria has suffered some kind of consequence due to another person’s drug use. Among those who had experienced any consequences, most had felt threatened or afraid of someone’s use of drugs (8% of the adult population). Other important consequences that people had experienced were that someone using drugs had harmed them physically (5% of the adult population) or that they had stopped seeing a relative or friend due to their drug use (5% of the adult population).

Sometimes in 2018, the Nigerian government decried that over three million (3,000,000) bottles of cough syrup with codeine preparation are abused on daily basis between Kano and Jigawa States only.

Not long ago, the country witnessed the dismantling and lockdown on many unhealthy and informal Rehabilitation Centres in states such as; Kaduna, Kano, Adamawa, Katsina, Bauchi and Kwara, and consequently, released the inmates into the society without any alternative measures taken by the government for their rehabilitation.

Findings show that the inability of various state governments to establish and properly manage the designated rehabilitation centres and equip them with requisite facilities and experts led to the proliferation of the private facilities which often become torture homes.

Rehabilitation centres belonging to state governments across the country are left in ruins as their structures are in decrepit conditions, investigation has shown.

The above facts underscore the importance and timeliness of designing a sustainable plan for the treatment and rehabilitation of victims of drug abuse in Nigeria. Rehabilitation program forms part the cardinal objectives of this organization …

This Two Billion Naira (N2,000,000,000) project is the first step towards responding to the short-term needs for the reconfiguration of the rehabilitation system and lays the foundation for long-term support for rehabilitation reform in Nigeria.

The project will use a 1-hectare plot of land( approved) situated near the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Shika, Kaduna State-Nigeria.

The construction project is proposed to begin on May 1, 2021 and is planned for a 1-year period.

The final goal of the project is to improve the provision and quality of rehabilitation infrastructure and services for drug abuse patients in Nigeria.

The objectives of the project are: (i) to provide quality rehabilitation infrastructure, (ii) to improve the overall quality of rehabilitation programs and provision of skill acquisition and education for the students, and (iii) to implement an effective campaign for support and acceptance of the project.