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WACSeries Volume 2, Issue 2: Decriminalising Drug Use: Why It Is Important for Ghana

WACSeries are analytical periodic write‐ups on topical themes and issues relevant to West Africa. These write‐ups provide experts, researchers and practitioners a space to reflect, analyse and posit views and recommendations on emerging issues and debates.

The WACSeries Issue Paper editions are more thought provoking and intellectual engaging write-ups that provide critical reflections and analysis of issues relevant to civil society development effectiveness.

In this issue, Maria Goretti Ane-Loglo, a legal practitioner and IDPC focal point for Africa, provides a strong argument for the decriminalisation of drug use in Ghana. Ane-Loglo posits an evidence-based argument for the need to move towards a new policy approach in tackling drug use. The proposed approach moves away from current methods and measures progress against public health indicators, such as the number of people receiving treatment, rather than against the number of seizures and arrests.

Overall, the author calls for support for this reform by showcasing that criminalisation has not proven to address the root causes of the drug problem. Rather than being jailed or punished, drug users need help and support, care and compassion.

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