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Senegal

  • By: John H. Barnhill
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

Senegal is in Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, Guinea-Bissau, The Gambia, Guinea, Mali, and Mauritania. It is a transshipment point for heroin from southwest and southeast Asian and cocaine from South America. Senegal is also a major producer of cannabis. Although no reliable estimates of illicit drug consumption are available, evidence suggests that marijuana consumption is widespread and the use of other drugs such as cocaine and heroin, while limited, are increasing.

As early as 1998, Senegal had comprehensive anti-drug laws. The Drug Law of 1997 dealt with everything from capturing and punishing offenders to rehabilitating users. The country also developed a 1998–2000 Plan of Action for fighting drugs with a budget of $4.39 million. Senegalese laboratory technicians have also received training under the ...

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