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Ghana is one of the most affected countries in the sub-region by issues of drug use, trafficking and drug production, with the youth being the most affected by this phenomenon. According to the 2014 statistics from the Ghana Narcotic Control Board (NACOB) about 70% of youth engage in drug use.
Unfortunately, the criminal justice approach drives these youths away from their family, community, needed support which eventually leads them to social exclusion.
This situation attracted the attention of some students from the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ghana who came together as Students for Drug Policy Reform (SDPR) who are concerned about the impact of drugs and drug policies on youth, individuals, families, communities and the nation as a whole.
The main objective of these students-led movement is to bring young people together and create a safe civic space for students of all political and ideological stripes to have honest conversations about drugs and drug policies in Ghana.