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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. Subscribe to our channel for more investigative journalism. Nothing stays hidden forever. Subscribe: http://bit.ly/subscribetoafrica Website: https://www.bbc.com/africa Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcafrica/
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BBC News Africa (2 months ago)
Please make sure you have subtitles/CC turned on in the video settings, they will provide translations or clarity where needed. Thanks for watching!
Amiel Gibs (6 days ago)
Ashmad Olayadiha (8 days ago)
BBC News Africa thx but Im good
david fowler (9 days ago)
Benalyin has a lot to answer for!
Brandy Kimberly (19 days ago)
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T (3 hours ago)
This Doc is borning not wasting anymore time watching
T (3 hours ago)
Nigerians are known scammers
afendi ujud (7 hours ago)
Nigeria cough = insane + mad
copper lapislazuli (9 hours ago)
Very informative. So sad to see the sad epidemic Nigeria is passing through.
Clint Lowman (9 hours ago)
If you couldn't tell that dude was a rat, you deserve to get bit
EMANON (14 hours ago)
Codeine? The weakes opiate on the market.
Lucky Michael (14 hours ago)
Reporter what's happening to yo face
Jim Long (14 hours ago)
Well that sad hopefully chinese fentanyl does not hot their streets.
Ray Jaimes (15 hours ago)
im from Texas they Sippin drank up in Nigeria lol
John S (16 hours ago)
It's the white man's fault that Africans are addicted to cough syrup!!!!!
Yui Young (17 hours ago)
Don't forget how so many Nigerian women are Bleaching their Beautiful Dark Brown Skin. Skin Bleaching is an Epidemic in Nigeria. Self Hate is just as bad as Drug addiction. Even the Lady reporting this story has Bleached Skin...Ase'
POUND (17 hours ago)
They only burn it so everyone can get high
Aryan Sanan (18 hours ago)
God Bless Nigeria with lots of Love.....from India
SHIBBITY BEBOP (18 hours ago)
My morning piss is more potent than codeine. I got 6 Africans that buy it a fast as I can produce it. Prolly could drink more water and take on a 7th or 8th, if there is any takers..
Hani Alturk (20 hours ago)
What kinda of shifty reporter that cry and use the F word during her reporting.
Flo Ride Her (1 day ago)
I don't like Nigerians..98% of em are going to hell.
sandeep saini (1 day ago)
CERO PRIDE (1 day ago)
So they trying to protect people that want to do the drug they're going to same path as American was on drugs.
g1zzle tv (1 day ago)
Broke azz niggaz
MPSecare (1 day ago)
dat lean yo
Sean Nero (1 day ago)
This is what happens when government fails.... People goes on a codeine diet.
Black Horse (1 day ago)
Can we get a special on the American opioid epidemic? Let’s get to the bottom of that.
Black Horse (1 day ago)
Thank Cointelpro for that. They love to spread the degenerates forms of our culture. They took over hip-hop and use it as a weapon against blacks all over the world. Pitiful. And this degenerate music and culture is all funded by who?
Roger didit (1 day ago)
Give them arsenic
splibb (1 day ago)
Did they ever say what the cost was for the case?
This make up 🙈🙊
IZeddyZ (1 day ago)
and i thought them Texas niggas was sippin syrup...
Earl Woodley (1 day ago)
Theirs way worse out their
Pedro Gonzalez (1 day ago)
Sippin on some sizzurp lol
omobowale akinbo (1 day ago)
How come I'm from Nigeria and I've never heard of this happening in my whole existence. My uncle is an officer and nothing like this is ever brought up. Wtf how am I just seeing this now
Rich Tonez (1 day ago)
Was this influenced by the American trap music culture?
smashingpumpkin1986 (1 day ago)
John Pen (1 day ago)
5:48 bullshit, there are no tax payers in africa lol
Khady Goudiamy (1 day ago)
Her foundation tho...
Fred (1 day ago)
We should put american addicts in chains like this! This is hilarious!
Ryan Morton (1 day ago)
AULAZ (1 day ago)
this "mr.johnson" is likely dead now
Sabrina Vella (2 days ago)
They are trying to pretend to be like their American counterparts.
chivalry (2 days ago)
cough syrup needs a prescription there? we get that over the counter
Narelle Brodribb (2 days ago)
WE have cough syrup over here in Aus that are codine free. Why not just order that stuff instead?
littleseller28 (2 days ago)
she's an OG for doing this
CDEN ONER (2 days ago)
How the fuck can they afford syrup I thought that shit was for like rich niggas that got money.
alan (1 day ago)
CDEN ONER fuck knows man
19dannybhoy67 (2 days ago)
Don't think we can get this in Scotland.
My question is if it is dangerous.why do doctors prescribe it for children
jassir amed (2 days ago)
Vulnerable to rape?? Nah bro first if she is there she knew what was to come and that is not rape
Best best (2 days ago)
😭😭😭😭😭 people are wicked
Eric Brown (2 days ago)
That's the funniest thing I've seen in years. It's happening in Chicago, Memphis, St Louis, Detroit, Atlanta , Minneapolis, and Miami as well. Black zombies, being preyed on by their own. It's the same thing that Travon Martin was in the process of putting together the night he attacked George Zimmerman.
Iya Ibeji (2 days ago)
Oga Soyinka , you don show your face nah......pele pele ooooooo.
Margret Wangari (2 days ago)
devil at work 😭😭 pliz GOD have Marcy on us,the sellers live luxurious live by killing people 😭😭😭 am so sad
Punisher Lee (2 days ago)
Well, cough syrup tastes better than chocolate. As a child, it was a good side of having a cold. I liked it and though I wanted to, I didn't abuse it
Luka s (2 days ago)
Hahahaha this is when you listen soulja boy
Gus Fring (2 days ago)
sensationalist, inaccurate, overly dramatic bullshit everyone responsible for this abomination of a documentary should be fired.
angelia xoxo (2 days ago)
you can bet your bottom dollar that this drug company knows the score. they are just pretending not to know
angelia xoxo (2 days ago)
any guy who has to get a woman high on cold medicine has to do that because she wont know that he doesnt know how to satisfy real sho' nuff, honest organic woman
angelia xoxo (2 days ago)
i guess that when these broke would be drug addicts get a cold the cough syrup wont work
TheRedwings05 (2 days ago)
Just like in Detroit and Atlanta. Must be in thier bloodlines to be a low life. Jesus was right
Juan Riv (2 days ago)
Looks like alcohol effects,
Krakatoa_ 81 (2 days ago)
This country or rather that shit hole Is hell on earth no mercy for these savages people
Let me go back to pornhub
casmir uduzirinwa (2 days ago)
Codeine don't cause mental problems. This is a propaganda to attack a particular tribe. I don't see anything wrong with codeine addiction. Sugar addiction is more dangerous. Sex addiction is more dangerous.
APCOPILOT (2 days ago)
WHO cares ??? They're vermin anyway !!!
your boy Trouble (2 days ago)
"We are our own disaster " I'm tired of people blaming others Races when it fact is the same race killing each other, this is very sad cuz we are in 2018..
Karabo ManneZA (3 days ago)
We love to blame outside parties but we are the ones who say “yes please” this doccie is great because it shows all aspects
Chainsaw Maniac (3 days ago)
jim wolf (3 days ago)
I can’t imagine what it smells like in Nigeria lol place looks like shit people look like shit probably smells like shit lolol
G bang (3 days ago)
Pour up then
Jay fromthebx (3 days ago)
Why doesn't her face color match the rest of her body
KEEP IT TROLL (3 days ago)
the good old war on drugs, but glad they banned weed, ppl turn into the devil when smoke weed right
719Moto Mx (3 days ago)
Like Africa was not already fucked up.... Now they got junkie zombies who act like American "gangsters", keep drinking lean boys... Idolizing the American culture and bringing your youth and culture down to degrading levels... Sick
Chuck Davis (3 days ago)
I thought you all was eating sand how do ya all got money to get high
Jackyblue67 Same (3 days ago)
The withdrawls from this shit are hell ur whole body hurts so bad all over it is awful .I know first hand but I try not to do this drug nomore .
Bb ii (3 days ago)
Nigeria again
HitProof (3 days ago)
Codeine is nice drug nice chillout And this video is chrap propaganda
Joe Bremner (3 days ago)
Hells bells, I hope they are being offered lots of laxatives for codeine causes severe constipation?
TALILAH K J Roberts (4 days ago)
Are you serious
Marc-André Poulin (4 days ago)
Internationnal market has great values since laws aren’t the same everywhere. As I say, human isn’t a moral creature
Geo Bun (4 days ago)
1.2 k thumbed downs are codeine addicts
Mm A (4 days ago)
Wow, didn't realize codeine was such a hard drug. Withdrawal must be living hell. What a nightmare, right up there with Alka Seltzer addiction. And to think some municipalities sell it w/o prescription. Wow... Just, WOW (/s) Is this satire??
Kdot Trench (4 days ago)
Reminds me of that simpsons episode when homer takes cough syrup and put fire on it and it becomes the new drink of the town.
kent christensen (4 days ago)
hope you vill win the figt on the shit
Gregory Nocera (4 days ago)
Stop crying bitch Africa is trash that is why they are trying to go to Europe and the govrmet is curroped and Africans selling them to Africans
VintageDream JK (4 days ago)
i love the woman documenting bravo
BlazeyFAM (4 days ago)
Easiest drug i've ever gotten off if they can't do it they're weak that's all i can say, compare it to a synthetic and ull see what addiction really is i could take this for months then just stop.
Ian Andersson (4 days ago)
I think it´s better to live in Hell instead of Niggeria
LIl pimp is god!
All In (5 days ago)
They on that szzurp...
Malka Ringel (5 days ago)
Very informative as to this codeine crisis. It seems to me as in most illegal drugs (cocaine, heroin, methamphetimine, etc) that money is the supreme motivator. Those that suppy it, do so on the backs of the poor addict. Excellent journalism to our narrator n her team. Thanks for educating me. 🍁
phil phil (5 days ago)
It was a drug syrup there.
T RopE (5 days ago)
lobbyists man, thats the only way n epidemic like this can flourish
Donkey Conga (5 days ago)
41:50, i hate when monkeys dies in the zoo
anyi O (5 days ago)
It's mainly in the North of Nigeria.... 1.2k dislikes, 1.2k addicts...
g ferg (5 days ago)
wait do they speak a lot of English over there? many of the signs were in English ?
Jan J (4 days ago)
yeah they do speak a lot of English in Nigeria
Jesus Alcantara (5 days ago)
Ruona your the best love from Las Vegas
mobil (5 days ago)
Id drink cough syrup everyday if my country looked like that.Holy crap! It looks like one giant terrible ghetto.What a horrible looking place.
Y'all it can't be this serious
veli brown (5 days ago)
It is kind of karma, some of the Nigerian nationals in South Africa are destroying young South Africans with drugs. They corrupt the police, and police in turn do nothing. At times people react violently and gets to be blamed as xenophobia.
Dj Storæ (5 days ago)
They do not have to put opiates in that shit, the pharmaceutical companies just continue to import it knowing damn fucking well it's getting them hooked inevitably killing people all the while the companies make dollar$$$, disgusting.
RED DOG (5 days ago)
The ladies make up is terrible looks like 🐖💩
Rui Tamele (6 days ago)
Well done job lady journalist. Now stop bleaching you skin.🤔🤔🤔

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