The conference was hosted by KANCO and brought together over 600 participants from more than 20 countries. It was a rare opportunity for Eastern Africa to have a conversation about drug policies that are progressive and that put people and communities first.
Eastern Africa needs to be taking an approach to drug use that reduces its harm, through the provision of clean needles and syringes and opioid substitution therapy, rather than continuing to punish people for their drug use.
Maziyar Ghiabi, guest editor of the special issue explains the 3 main purposes of this issue: complementarity, questions of methods and discipline, and finally to challenge the established assumptions about the place of drugs in the social sciences.
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.