The NBS report added that cannabis was the most commonly used drug, with about 10.6 million people using it in the past one year.

“Cannabis use was seven times higher among men-18.8 per cent among men compared to 2.6 per cent of women, while the gender gap in the non-medical use of pharmaceutical opioids, such as Tramadol, was six per cent among men, compared to 3.3 per cent among women,” the report read.

The report stated that the highest prevalence of drug use was found in the southern geopolitical zones with prevalence rates ranging between 13.8 per cent and 22.4 per cent, compared to the northern geopolitical zones which had prevalence rates ranging between 10 per cent and 13.6 per cent.

Nearly 40 per cent of high-risk drug users have shown the need for treatment of drug use disorders.

“Most of the high risk drug users considered it was difficult to access drug treatment. The cost of  treatment and stigma attached to drug use were cited as the primary barriers in accessing or availing drug treatment services,” it added

It also said, Yobe, Imo, Bayelsa, Rivers and Lagos states were “the states where it was more  difficult to access treatment for drug use disorder.”