Dans son nouveau rapport, La Commission Ouest Africaine sur la Drogues(WACD) demande à ce que la politique soit repensée de manière radicale afin de freiner l’instabilité causée par le commerce de stupéfiants dans la région. Pour en savoir plus, en anglais, veuillez lire les informations ci-dessous.

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West African governments must treat drugs as a public health issue and consider partial decriminalisation to stop the region becoming "a new front line in the failed "war on drugs", a panel of expertsconvened by Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary general, has warned.

In a stark assessment of the corrosive effect the international drug trade is having on the area's security and development, the West Africa Commission on Drugs (WACD) says the region's combination of "political instability, unemployment and corruption" is proving increasingly attractive to those trafficking cocaine and heroin from South America and Asia into Europe and the US.

Its report – Not Just in Transit: Drugs, the State and Society in West Africa – notes that the area has also become a producer and exporter of synthetic drugs such as amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS), which are not only consumed in the region but also shipped to south-east Asia.

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