West Africa's drug trade: reasons for concern and hope

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West Africa has recently emerged as a major focus for international drug policy, mainly in response to large-scale cocaine seizures in West Africa, from where drugs are transhipped to European and American consumer markets [1]. International policy responses have concentrated on strengthening the criminal justice system, particularly the interdiction of drugs at West African air- and seaports. However, limited data exist regarding the rates of local drug use in West Africa, and public health initiatives related to treatment have been sidelined.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1871-1872
Number of pages2
Issue number11
Early online date25 Jun 2013
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013


  • West Africa
  • drug trade

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