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Nigerian Journal of Psychiatry

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Unmet need for treatment of substance use disorders in nigeria

V.O Lasebikan, B.A Ola

Abstract


Evidences indicate a high unmet need for the treatment of individuals with substance use disorders in Nigeria. This review highlighted factors that accounted for such unmet needs such as inadequate or lack of data that will drive effective intervention,  dearth in the number of experts in the addiction field , inadequate infrastructure , lack of pharmacological  agents needed for treatment, poor understanding of cultural factors were highlighted. In this paper, we discuss these issues, including a number of recommendations.

Keywords : Unmet Need ; Substance Use Disorders; Treatment; Nigeria




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