Neurochemistry and Pharmacology of Addictions: An African Perspective

  • Andrew G. MtewaEmail author
  • Serawit Deyno
  • Emmanuel L. Peter
  • Annu Amanjot
  • Lucrèce Y. Ahovegbe
  • Duncan C. Sesaazi


The aim of this chapter is to outline general chemical and pharmacological mechanisms involved in addictions, African participation in neuroscience research and studies as well as challenges and opportunities in the continent. African indigenous practices are known from history to be able to use herbs to counter addictions at various levels. There is generally limited data on this area of study on Africa, where addictions are almost ignored as a public health concern. Despite this being the case, Africa presents a pool of opportunities in research on neurochemisty with focus on addictions. Chemistry and pharmacology can play a significant role in providing guidance on appropriate social and medical interventions. Systematic investment in neurochemistry and pharmacology in addiction research and training in Africa is required across the continent.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew G. Mtewa
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • Serawit Deyno
    • 3
  • Emmanuel L. Peter
    • 2
    • 3
  • Annu Amanjot
    • 3
  • Lucrèce Y. Ahovegbe
    • 3
  • Duncan C. Sesaazi
    • 3
  1. 1.Malawi University of Science and TechnologyBlantyreMalawi
  2. 2.National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR)Dar es SalaamTanzania
  3. 3.PHARMBIOTRACMbarara University of Science and TechnologyMbararaUganda

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