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Incarceration or mandatory treatment: Drug use and the law in the Middle East and North Africa.

  • Academic Journal
  • Al-Shazly F; Faculty of Law, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt.
    Tinasti K; Global Health Programme, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland. Electronic address:
  • The International journal on drug policy [Int J Drug Policy] 2016 May; Vol. 31, pp. 172-7. Date of Electronic Publication: 2016 Mar 02.
  • English
  • In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), drug policies are embedded in the prohibition paradigm. Laws and legislation criminalize all types of activities related to illicit drugs. This article gives a detailed assessment of the provisions of Arab national laws to control the use of illicit drugs across the areas of punishment of drug users, penalties for drug dependence, legislation on use and dependence treatment, and the right of the convicted people who use drugs to confidentiality. It reviews the national legislations on drug control of 16 Arab countries as amended in January 2011.
    (Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.)
Additional Information
Publisher: Elsevier Country of Publication: Netherlands NLM ID: 9014759 Publication Model: Print-Electronic Cited Medium: Internet ISSN: 1873-4758 (Electronic) Linking ISSN: 09553959 NLM ISO Abbreviation: Int J Drug Policy Subsets: MEDLINE
Publication: 1998- : Amsterdam ; New York : Elsevier
Original Publication: Liverpool, England : International Journal on Drug Policy,
Keywords: Arab legislation; Drug dependence; MENA; Mandatory drug treatment
Date Created: 20160324 Date Completed: 20180123 Latest Revision: 20180129