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27,620 people looked after in addiction centers

A coordination meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs was held on Wednesday, 16 January, at the headquarters of the Ministry. This meeting was the occasion to draw up an inventory of the national strategy of fight against drugs.

This was held in preparation for the ministerial segment of the 62nd Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs scheduled for 14-15 March 2019 in Vienna.

Morocco currently has 15 outpatient centers and 3 university residential centers dedicated to the management of addictive disorders. These centers are available in the cities of Rabat, Casablanca, Tangier, Tetouan, Marrakesh, Oujda, Agadir, Fez and Meknes.

According to the Ministry of Health, 27,620 people have benefited from the care of these centers and 1,629 benefit from the methadone treatment program. In line with the recommendations of the WHO and United Nations Agencies in the field (UNGASS 2016), the Ministry of Health has put in place a comprehensive and integrated strategy.

This has resulted in an offer of care and services aimed at universal prevention among vulnerable populations, including children, adolescents and young people, medical and psychotherapeutic treatment, the reduction of risks associated with drug use. injectable and psychosocial reintegration. As a reminder, the consumption of drugs has grown in Morocco.

The country has 800,000 drug users, or 4.1% of Moroccans aged 15 and over. Of these, 2.8% are addicted. The Ministry of Health believes that the fight against narcotics requires better visibility and more coordinated action involving all stakeholders as part of the national anti-drug strategy.

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