6 Drugs Nigerian Youths Abuse And Their Effect

The level at which an average Nigerian youth abuses drugs in today’s world, is beyond alarming. Even with the amount of restriction placed on most of these drugs with some being over the counter medicine, these youths seems to always find a way in getting them, not minding the adverse effects it has on their system.

From the simplest cough syrup to potent narcotics, these are the ten drugs Nigerian youths abuse and their effect




This drug is very common in Nigeria and it goes by several names ranging from Igbo, weed,e.t.c. This drug is the most easily accessible drugs and relatively cheap too as it can go for as little as N50.


Users of this drug witness loss coordination and distortions in the sense of time, vision and hearing. It also causes sleepiness, reddening of the eyes, increased appetite and relaxed muscles. Longer use of this drug can result in psychotic disorder.



This is a cough syrup gotten from opium poppy which is related to morphine or heroin. This drug, also with its own nickname, Coder, Nigerian youths, now abuse this drug for its potency in producing euphoria when consumed in high quantity. It sells for as low as  N600 and N800 and is very popular in the higher institutions.


It causes dizziness, constipation, vomiting, headaches and dry mouth.




This is a pain relieving drugs used in treating mild to severe pain. Nigerian youths used this narcotic in getting high and treating sexual issues like premature ejaculation.


Dependence, seizures, erectile dysfunction, itching, drowsiness, constipation, vomiting, and anxiety





Nicknamed ref or roche or roofies. It’s commonly used as a date rape drug as it renders the victim helpless and unable to move. It takes fifteen to twenty minutes for this drug to kick in and it’s used by criminally minded youths.


Dizziness, amnesia, decreased psychomotor performance, muscle relaxation, headaches, memory impairment, nightmares, confusion, and tremors.




Popularly called SK. This drug is like the higher version of hemp. Just like hemp, it is easy to get but a bit expensive. It is a mixture of hemp, cocaine and some dried leaves.


Similar to hemp.




Known as lean by the users, this over the counter medicine for cold and cough medicine contains ingredients which alters the mind. Youths mix this medicine with drinks to give it some sort of flavour and alcohol for an extra kick.


It sedates the user.










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