The Economic Community of West Africa States, ECOWAS has launched its 2018-2019 West Africa Epidemiology Network on Drug Use Report aimed at tackling illicit drug use and trafficking in the sub-region.
The report, by the ECOWAS Commission in conjunction with other stakeholders will serve as a guide to member states on how to tackle illicit drug use and trafficking. It also contains statistics and trends of illicit drug supply and drug use in the sub-region and will help member states in developing programmes, policies, and advocacy.
Commissioner, Social Affairs and Gender, ECOWAS Commission Siga Jagne emphasised that with the project, West Africa could boast of valid and reliable source of drug-related data to inform evidence-based anti-drug measures.
Also, Director-General, West African Health Organisation, WAHO Stanley Okolo expressed displeasure at the public health and socio-economic consequences of illicit drug use in the sub-region, saying it led to increased drug dependence, metal health issues, violence, and suicide.
On his part, the Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA Buba Marwa said the government would not relent in its fight against illicit drug use and trafficking and pledged Nigeria’s commitment to working with the 2018-2019 Report to effectively tackle illicit drug use and trafficking in the sub-region.