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Changing Drug Policy

West Africa has a drug problem

The trafficking and consumption of drugs destabilizes West African societies, derails development efforts, undermines peace and security, and threatens public health.

Drug laws in West Africa are not having the desired effects: neither drug use nor drug trafficking have been effectively reduced. Starting in 2014, the West Africa Commission on Drugs has called on governments in the region to change their laws. Some governments are willing to consider reform and the WACD wants to further support this ongoing work with the Model Drug Law, which provides concrete templates that countries can adapt to reform their drug laws: legal provisions and how they relate to international legal obligations as well as useful commentary that explains different options and reasons for choosing the proposed legal solution.

Download the Model Drug Law here in English and French.