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Media Reporting on Substance Use: Magnifying or Reducing the Harm?

Over the past four months, phrases such as “sweet, sweet codeine” and “end tramadol abuse now” have become very popular in Ghana and Nigeria. These terms emanated from a title of a documentary on codeine abuse in Nigeria produced by BBC - Africa’s Eye, and a campaign launched by the GHOne after a series of documentaries on tramadol abuse in the country. These documentaries have played a significant role in shaping public discourse on substance abuse.

WACSeries are analytical periodic write-ups on topical themes and issues relevant to West Africa. These write-ups provide experts, researchers, and practitioners a space to reflect, analyse and posit views and recommendations on emerging issues and debates. The WACSeries Opeds are more thought-provoking and intellectual engaging write-ups that provide critical reflections and analysis of issues relevant to civil society development effectiveness. 

Objectives of WACSERIES 

-  To raise awareness on key issues in West Africa;

- To generate debates and discussions on these issues;

- To proffer recommendations on civil society involvement in advocacy; 

- To provide recommendations to policymakers.


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