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Egypt

  • By: Charles Robert Davidson
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

Egypt is located in northern Africa on the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered by Libya to the west, Sudan to the south, and the Red Sea to the east. It also includes the Sinai Peninsula. With a population of nearly 80 million, it is the 16th most populated nation in the world.

Drug use is widespread in Egypt, with official estimates placing it at nearly 8.5 percent of the general population, while other estimates suggest that over 12 percent of high school students have used drugs. Common drugs on the Egyptian market include opiates, cannabis (known as bango), prescription drugs (e.g., Tramadol), and cocaine. Egypt is not considered a major producer or supplier of illicit narcotics, although cannabis is cultivated in parts of Egypt, as ...

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