15th Biennial International Conference on Drugs, Alcohol and Society in Africa

7-8 August 2024
Venue: Abuja, Nigeria

The Centre for Research and Information on Substance Abuse (CRISA) hereby announces
its 15
th Biennial International Conference on Drugs, Alcohol and Society in Africa. The
conference will hold in Abuja on 7 and 8 August 2024. In the context of a growing
demand for evidence based substance use disorder treatment systems, the major theme of
the 2024 conference is “Improving access to treatment for substance use disorders:
Emerging strategies and persistent challenges”
We invite you to submit abstracts of relevant research papers on this theme for
presentation at the conference. We will also consider requests to organize panel
discussions, debates and workshops on the topic of drug and alcohol policy in one
country, region or across the continent. We welcome original contributions from a range
of disciplines, including health and social sciences, law, the humanities, and media studies
(especially social media).
Papers not directly related to the major theme but address any current issue on
psychoactive substance use in Africa will be accepted for presentation at the conference.
You will find below a list of suggested sub-themes and topics for your consideration.
The major theme of the 2024 International Conference is:

Improving access to treatment for substance use disorders: Emerging strategies and
persistent challenges

Sub-themes addressing treatment issues, supply and demand, and responses to problems
include the following:

Availability of services for people who use drugs; access to treatment; illicit supply and
drug markets in Africa; decriminalization of drug use; community epidemiology of
drug/alcohol use and substance use disorders; regulation of drugs; medicinal cannabis;
harm reduction; availability of medications for the management of pain; control of
prescription opioids; alcohol and tobacco policies; measuring policy effectiveness;
assessment of national plans of action, and national practice guidelines; stigma; alternative
development; availability and use of new psychoactive substances; social and cultural
factors in drug supply and demand; community factors in the prevention of drug and
alcohol abuse; role of the media and civil society; gender perspectives; drugs and the legal
system; the current state of drug policy research, vulnerable populations; etc.
Papers that are not directly related to these sub-themes will also be considered for
presentation at the conference as long as they address some aspect of the substance use
situation in Africa

In addition to sessions devoted to the presentation of research papers, the conference will

❖ Keynote addresses,
❖ Research and publication workshops,
❖ Discussion panels on professional practice and policy.

Venue and Important Dates

The conference will be held in Abuja, Nigeria. The specific venue will be announced
Please take note of the following important dates:

  • Abstract submission deadline: 26 April 2024
  • Full Paper submission deadline: 7 June 2024
  • Deadline for Early Bird registration: 12 July 2024
  • Conference days: 7 and 8 August 2024

Guidelines for preparing abstracts

  1. Begin with the paper title, followed by author(s), affiliation(s).
  2. Capitalize the full title.
  3. The first and last names of authors should be written in full.
  4. Provide full contact information for the lead author.
  5. The main body of the abstract should be in one paragraph with no subheadings for the sections.
  6. Do not exceed 250 words.
  7. Submit as a Word document.

More information on pre-conference workshops, registration, travel, accommodation, etc.
will be available on the CRISA website in due course. You can also contact us directly for
such information.


All registered participants will be served lunch and tea/coffee for two days and will also
receive conference materials, complimentary copies of the African Journal of Drug and
Alcohol Studies, books and certificates of participation.
Registration fees are as follows:
Full registration: N40,000 ($100 for international participants)
Early registration: N35,000 (payment on or before 12 July 2024)
Students – N25,000


For further information about the conference please contact:

Gloria Akpabio: Phone: +234 802 756 1365
Nsidibe Essien: Phone +234 803 328 9499

Email: or
Office: CRISA, 84 Aka Itiam Road, Uyo, Nigeria

Conference Chair: Professor Isidore S. Obot, Executive Director, CRISA
Email: or

Information about registration, travel and accommodation will also be available on the
CRISA website —

This African conference series was launched in 1991 and has attracted participants
from around the continent and the world over the years. We look forward to
seeing first time and returning participants in Abuja in August 20204. Do not
hesitate to contact us for any information you may need in connection with the

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