Nigerian drug users face crisis in treatment and rehabilitation

The day his wife walked out 10 years ago, Nigerian musician Jagunlabi started taking drugs to make the shadows go away. The drugs came to stay. Today, after suffering a heart attack, Jagunlabi is desperate to end his addiction but has no idea how to get help. “I don’t know where to go, I can’t …

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Safeguarding your mental health from drugs

Chronic use of some drugs can lead to both short and long-term changes in the brain, which can lead to mental health issues including paranoia, depression, anxiety, aggression, hallucinations, and other problems. Many people who are addicted to drugs are also diagnosed with other mental disorders and vice versa. Compared with the general population, people …

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The burden of substance abuse, misuse

Substance abuse refers to the harmful or hazardous use of psychoactive substances, including alcohol and illicit drugs. It is now a major Public Health challenge all over the world and some complications of substance abuse by young people including increased odds of engaging in risky sexual behaviour, personality disorders, sexual violence, criminal tendencies and drug …

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Recognizing Signs of Drug Abuse in People

Drug use affects people from all walks of life and all socioeconomic statuses. Whatever the reason a person starts taking drugs, whether recreationally or as prescribed, tolerance, patterns of increased use, physical dependence and, ultimately, addiction may develop sometimes before the user even realizes it. Recognizing some warning signs of drug abuse is noting these signs: …

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