A new report launched by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has shown a disproportionate rise in drug overdoses among females even as it showed that a total of $1.25 billion illicit drugs are trafficked in West Africa countries.
The report unveiled in over 100 countries across the world including Nigeria also called for the abolition of death penalty for drug – related offences. The report unveiled in Lagos by the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, United Nations Office on Drugs, UNODC, and the National Drug Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) also revealed that Africa was not only a trafficking hub but the continent is a main transit region for drug trafficking, and increasingly becoming a consumer as well as a destination market for all types of abuse.
The report which also condemned the extra-judicial targeting of people suspected of illicit drug related activity, encouraged states to consider alternatives to imprisonment for minor drug related offences. The report however reaffirmed that legalising cannabis for non-medical use is incompatible with international legal obligations.
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