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Out of the shadows: Adopting a Peacebuilding Approach to the Social Effects of Drug Use in Nigeria

A new research report examining the relationship between drug consumption, peace and security at the local and state levels in Nigeria, was published. The purpose of the research was to interrogate popular assumptions related to the use and abuse of narcotics, regulated psychotropic medications and other psychoactive substances in Nigerian communities, and assess their impact on peace and conflict systems in the country. The data that this report is based on were gathered in five states as well as in the city of Lagos, in April and May 2016. This report was written by Ashoka Mukpo who also led and coordinated the research. The study was implemented by Abubakar Monguno and Yagana Bukar in Borno State, Damisa Maiyaki and Emmanuel Adebayo Kehinde in Kaduna State, Mustapha Ishaku and Adamu Ishaku in Kano State, Oluwatobi Salawu and Noro David Bature in Plateau State, and Onyinyechukwu Onyido and Uche Ukanumeon in Rivers State on behalf of International Alert and the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP).

Download the full report here.

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