Kano

Sweet Sweet Codeine

In Nigeria, young people are addicted to codeine syrup, a medicine becoming a street drug.
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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