Drug policies in most countries in the region focus on strong law enforcement, with little space given to health protection and social inclusion. Nevertheless, some countries have recently responded to the increased demand for treatment and rehabilitation with some level of healthcare and harm reduction services.
IDPC and WACD summarise and review existing drug legislation from the 15 ECOWAS member states, as well as Mauritania and Morocco, concluding on the need for reform to align domestic laws with regional and international commitments.
The AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) is inviting applications for the 2017 online training course on the rights of people who use drugs (PWUD), harm reduction, and drug policy reform.
Scepticism has grown in Iran over the effectiveness of the death penalty in deterring drug smuggling, with government reports showing it has had no impact on reducing the volume and variety of drugs in Iran.
Several countries, Egypt included, wish to tighten international control around tramadol, a synthetic opioid widely used for severe pain management. The INCB have declined to re-examine tramadol's status, but we must be vigilant in defending access to essential medicines.
Tom Blickman of TNI explores the rapid expansion in Morrocan illicit cannabis cultivation, associated with considerable corruption and repression, which could lead to a productive debate on regulation.