June 26th marked the International Day against Drug abuse and illicit trafficking. It gave us the opportunity to reevaluate Drug Policy in West Africa, where the current realities of the illicit drug problem show that drugs are not just passing through to the burgeoning market in Europe, North America, and Asia, but also a growing local demand for consumption while production is increasing. Prior to 2010, West Africa was not known for its methamphetamine production, only that drug couriers were frequently detected on flights between West Africa and Asia . In a period of five years, from 2010 to 2015, we saw the large-scale production of 1.5 tonnes of methamphetamine annually. Furthermore, drug trafficking in West Africa impacts negatively on governance, public health, security, and human rights as clearly stated in the 2014 report of the West Africa Commission on Drugs, Not Just in Transit: Drugs, State and Society in…
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