Making a difference in West Africa

“Drug trafficking has been a menace to the youth of West Africa, especially Ghana. After caring for a friend with addiction, I was pulled into the work of drug policy. It allowed me to get connected with lawyers, health practitioners, activists, and media personnel, ultimately inspiring me to start Ghana’s first and only Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) chapter in the city of Accra.

From this, five new chapters sprung up across the country with chapter leaders who are passionate about changing the policy system which focuses more on criminalization than support.

The drug war is nothing but an action to suppress people while abusing their human rights as citizens. This only shows the paranoid nature of our law makers who prefer short cuts to decisions rather than the research approaches that really make a difference”

(Accra, Ghana)

 

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