In order to discuss the problem of management drug abuse in Nigeria adequately, it is necessary to analyze the problems first- An excursion into the history of the problem and recent trends is required to get the problem into proper perspective.
Up to the early 1960s drug abuse was practically unknown in this country. The first drug of abuse recorded in literature was cannabis. According, to Asuni who carried out the earliest study on this subject in Nigeria. prior to the second world war, even the plant was not known in this Country and as evidence, it has no indigenous name in any of the Nigerian languages. The plant was brought into the country by soldiers and sailors returning during and after the World War II.