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NCJ Number: 157917 Find in a Library
Title: Drugs -- Egypt Takes on the Traffickers
Journal: Middle East  Issue:244  Dated:(April 1995)  Pages:35-37
Author(s): H Miles
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 3
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Unlike some other Arab countries, Egypt publicly recognizes the increasing number of drug users and addicts and is committed to doing something about the drug problem.
Abstract: Heroin use in Egypt has reached epidemic proportions during the past decade, and the number of drug addicts admitted to hospitals for drug rehabilitation has significantly increased. The going rate for a gram of heroin is 60 pounds sterling, which means heroin addiction is almost exclusively the preserve of the wealthy. Estimates indicate that Egypt has about 14,000 heroin addicts and that the amount of heroin on the market is probably 5 to 10 times the quantity intercepted each year by customs officials. Constant heroin injections have serious side effects, including the risk of hepatitis, septicaemia, and AIDS. Reasons for the heroin epidemic in Egypt are discussed, penalties for drug use and possession are noted, and treatment options and costs are examined. 3 photographs
Main Term(s): International drug law enforcement
Index Term(s): Arab Republic of Egypt; Crime in foreign countries; Drug abuse; Drug effects; Drug smuggling; Drug treatment; Heroin
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