Nigeria’s cough syrup epidemic

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Fuelled by corruption and political ignorance, Nigeria is facing a hidden opioid-crisis — entire clinics have been set up for the battle against codeine-containing cough syrup.

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Nigeria’s cough syrup epidemic

Fuelled by corruption and political ignorance, Nigeria is facing a hidden opioid-crisis — entire clinics have been set up for the battle against codeine-containing cough syrup.

Millions of Nigerians don't leave their houses without a bottle of codeine-containing cough syrup. The country is facing one of the biggest opioid-crisis in the world, fuelled by corruption, political ignorance and a dysfunctional medical sector resulting in the death of Hundreds of people. While Codeine is belittled by Hip-Hop-Artists in Germany as a harmless party drug, other African countries such as Ghana and Kenya are following Nigerias path.

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