Opioid high: Painkiller abuse sparks fears for Gabon's young

A street market in Libreville, Gabon, on January 31, 2018. The consumption of an emblematic painkiller by teenagers is getting very popular in schools in Gabon. It is easily purchased from markets. PHOTO | STEVE JORDAN | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The drug – kobolo – comprises high doses of anti-inflammatory medicine, usually washed down with soda or alcohol.
  • It is easily accessible and it makes students aggressive and violent.
  • Almost every week, the press report knife fights between pupils, largely blamed on their use of kobolo.



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