The African Council on Narcotics (ACON) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) and non profit organization (NPO) involved in diverse activities against substance abuse and illicit drug trafficking. The primary mandate of the council is to improve upon the quality of social life of our youth. ACON was founded in January 1994 and officially registered on 8 July 1996. Since then the council has embarked upon several programmes and projects in line with the objectives and mandate in the ACON charter.

ADVOCACY

Drug Awareness, Education/ Sensitization Campaign Against Drug Related Domestic Violence

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RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS

Anti-narcotics --- Quarterly Journal of the ACON & Crime prevention

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COUNSELING & AFTERCARE

Establishment of Counseling, Treatment, Rehabilitation, Re-Integration/ After-care

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TRAINING

The African Council on Narcotics (ACON) undertakes routine institutional traning, workshops and seminars on drugs abuse prevention

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Drug Abuse and Public Health Concerns in Nigeria

By Rekpene Bassey

PART 1.
Substance abuse is one of Nigeria’s most pressing social concern presently. This concern has been implicated in the local and transnational crime index, beside health and other social maladies. Attempt has been made here to examine substance abuse in context against the background of the current situation in Nigeria which is somewhat similar to what obtains elsewhere in the global community; a situation that is rather disconcerting. This presentation also analyses some specific health issues and risk factors in substance abuse and wind up with recommendations on actions for healthy families. Read More

PART 2.
Substance abuse has equally been implicated as one of the leading causes of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The virus is transmitted commonly through exposure to infected blood via injection drug use.
Another public health concern that has been linked to substance abuse is mood or affective disorder(s). such disorders which manifest commonly in bouts of depression and bipolar disorders have been noted as common psychiatric comorbidities among persons involved in substance abuse. Read More