The Centre for Research and Information on Substance Abuse (CRISA), in collaboration with Community Intervention Network on Drugs in Nigeria (CIND) and our partners (European Union, UNODC, etc.), is pleased to announce the 4th Biennial National Symposium on Drugs and Drug Policy in Nigeria.

Symposium theme

The major theme of the 2019 symposium is “Non-Medical Use of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications in Nigeria: Causes, Consequences and Effective Responses” We invite civil society organizations (CSOs) working in the fields of prevention and treatment, researchers, policy experts, treatment professionals and students to submit proposals for presentations on all aspects of this national issue — the growing prevalence of abuse/misuse of prescription and other psychoactive substances in different groups across the country.

Symposium format

The symposium programme will feature a mix of capacity building workshops targeting CSOs and young professionals, poster presentations, keynote addresses and panel discussions.

While we are particularly interested in presentations that address any aspect of non-medical use of pharmaceutical substances in Nigeria, we will accept submissions on issues related to other psychoactive substances. We invite you to submit the abstract of your work (not more than 250 words) by e-mail to the Local Organizing Committee ( on or before the abstract submission deadline shown below.

Important dates to remember

14 June                        Deadline for abstract submission

2 September                Deadline for full paper submission

22 October                  Arrival, onsite registration opens

23 October                  Symposium opens at 9 am

24 October                  Symposium closes at 6 pm

25 October                  Departure

Guidelines for abstract preparation

  • Title of paper (capitalized)
  • Name(s) and affiliation(s) of authors
  • First and last name of author(s) should be written in full
  • Contact information for the lead author
  • The abstract should be one paragraph with no sub-headings
  • Do not exceed 250 words
  • Submit as a word document

Information about venue, registration, travel and accommodation will be communicated in due course.

Registration fees

N30, 000; Under-graduate students – N15, 000; Early registration – N25, 000 before 27 September 2019.

Contact: Mr. Ediomo-Ubong Nelson (Secretary, LOC); Dr. Gboyega Abikoye (Chair, LOC)

E-mail:; Phone: +234 814 021 0236; +234 806 840 1977. Symposium Secretariat: 85 Aka Itiam Road, P. O. Box 4230, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria

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