Sweet sweet codeine: Nigeria's cough syrup crisis - BBC Africa Eye documentary

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In Nigeria, thousands of young people are addicted to codeine cough syrup – a medicine that’s become a street drug.

The Nigerian senate estimates that 3 million bottles of codeine syrup are drunk every day in just two states – Kano and Jigawa.

But who makes this syrup? And who sells it to Nigeria’s students?

BBC Africa Eye went undercover to investigate.

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Author — BBC News Africa


People are worried about her makeup while she's out here trying to save

Author — Alchemical Architect


They not even mixing the lean. They drinking it straight. Damnnnn

Author — El Skye


It's 2019 and instead of commenting on how brave, smart and compassionate this reporter is, you all are commenting on her makeup. Really sad. Grow up people. Women are not objects for you to physically critique like piece of jewelry. She's a human being who put her life on the line to spread awareness and help people. This was an amazing documentary, thanks to everyone involved.

Author — HangOut AndTravel


and if codeine is gone, the next drug will come..

Author — Reggae sunnY


She is smart, brave, and very articulate, and i think she is beautiful!

Author — L W


You can argue that it's not good for your health but I didn't hear one cough through the whole thing 👍

Author — West Senkovec


That's what happens when you have large young population withiut jobs.
Bad, weak and corrupt government

Author — sang muan


Nigerians can count money notes like a note counting machine.

Author — kpzcbttp


Drugs are fillers ....gotta get to the root of the issue .😔😔😔

Author — AnnaBanana


wtf lebron working at a pharmacy in the off season??

Author — Ben Jee


can you look past her makeup and look at what her life is made up of. taking those risks to educate us and you still focus on her make up.

Author — chibenho


I’m afraid for d journalist & I hope she will not end like Jamal khashoghchi was killed by Saudi leader, I admire her so much to bring d truth to us . Much love from Canada 🇨🇦

Author — Vegan Green


You see a lot of women wearing hijab head covering. This shows you that no matter if a woman cover or not that does not determine her character. There are grimy men and women everywhere.

Author — speak mind300


Really Mr Johnson and nobody was suspicious lol

Author — Martinrfc1872


She's brave, strong and amazing 💞 💯🇿🇦

Author — SAUS


In South Africa you can buy painkillers containing codeine over-the-counter. I used the ones called Adcodol for years to numb dental pain initially but then realized I was addicted to them. Now I avoid anything containing codeine.
Great reporting @BBC News Africa, Stay safe though.

Author — Cathy Cronje


Am glad I saw this in my recommendations. Ill never try codeine

Author — Titus


im a pharmacist. I know about this problem. it's also in Asian countries. I don't give without prescription

Author — suresh gowdu


Dang they are sippin more lean than Houston rappers

Author — Chito Cano