Youth RISE Nigeria


Youth RISE Nigeria was formally founded in 2012 as an organisation under the global Youth RISE network with a mission to promote evidence based drug policies and practices with the meaningful involvement of young people and most affected communities. The organisation was formed following an increase in drug use amongst young people in the region and the need for policy dialogue and reform in the country. Youth RISE Nigeria is a youth-led organisation


  •     Reduce drug related harm amongst young people who use drugs in Nigeria
  •     Open dialogue space on effective, evidence-based and rights-based drug policies
  •     Reduce stigma and discrimination experienced by young people who use drugs in Nigeria

Areas of Activity:

Advocacy: Youth RISE Nigeria advocates for drug policies and practices that reduce drug related harm to the individual and to the community at large. Drawing on evidence and global best practice, Youth RISE engages policy makers and other key stakeholders into dialogue and action regarding the development of effective drug policies.

Capacity building: There is an identified gap in capacity of community-based organisations to respond to the increasing drug use amongst young people in Nigeria. Drawing on global experience of programming for people who use drugs and drug policy, Youth RISE Nigeria supports community organisations to increase their knowledge and skills in drugs, their effects, and effective programming for reducing drug related harm, particularly among young people.

Research: Youth RISE Nigeria conducts research in order to get a better understanding of drug trends, populations at risk, risky behaviours associated with drug use and drug harms to the individual and community.


We are people – The Unintended Consequences of the Nigerian Drug Law and Policy on The Health and Human Rights of Young People Who Use Drugs

The first landmark report produced by Youth RISE Nigeria with the support of the Open Society Institute in West Africa and the CISHRWIN, is a wide-ranging study aiming to address the research gap in Nigeria around young people who use drugs and lack of documented evidence of the impact of the Nigeria’s drug policy on the health and rights of young people who use drugs. The report draws on first-hand interviews and in depth policy analysis providing concrete recommendations for developing a more human rights focused Nigerian drug policy. The intent of the research is to provide a scientific basis for evidence informed advocacy and intervention.

You can read and download the report below: