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[e-drug] Opioid crisis in Africa?

E-DRUG: Opioid crisis in Africa?
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Dear colleagues,

I am doing a quick scan of perspectives following the recent BBC piece on cough 
syrup addiction in Nigeria, and other alerts related to illicit opioid use in 
Africa (see below). I would be interested in your views on the extent of this 
challenge, available data, and policy responses.

Sample articles:

  *   How cough syrup in Nigeria is creating a generation of addicts - BBC 
News: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-43912282

  *   Sahel and beyond: UNODC sounds the alarm on the increase in trafficking 
and consumption of tramadol and its security and health implications: 
https://www.unodc.org/westandcentralafrica/en/2017-12-11-unodc-warns-tramadol-use.html

  *   [U.S., comparison] Anguished Families Shoulder The Biggest Burdens Of 
Opioid Addiction:    
https://www.npr.org/2018/04/18/602826966/anguished-families-shoulder-the-biggest-burdens-of-opioid-addiction

Many thanks!
Lombe

Lombe Kasonde
Health Specialist
Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice
The World Bank
E lkasonde@worldbank.org
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