Tunisia

Thu
07
May

50 Percent of Tunisian Students Have Consumed Alcohol and Marijuana

A new study published by Assabah on Wednesday reveals the popularity of drugs in schools and educational institutions, showing that about 50 percent of students smoke marijuana and drink alcohol. Since the revolution, drug addiction rates in Tunisia have reportedly increased by 70 percent.

Surveys concluded that marijuana is the most used drug in Tunisia, followed by cocaine, and heroin. Subutex, originally a medication for the treatment of addiction to heroin and other drugs, has particularly gained popularity since being essentially introduced, illegally, to the Tunisian market after the revolution.

Tue
27
May

TUNISIA DEBATES CANNABIS LAW

Tunisian activist Azyz Amami’s trial on Friday (May 23rd) is sparking a national debate on the issue of criminal penalties for cannabis possession.

Amami and a friend were arrested May 12th in La Goulette for alleged possession of a narcotic substance.

The 31-year-old from Sidi Bouzid gained fame as an opponent of the Ben Ali regime. He was one of the first bloggers to write about the Tunisian revolution. He has also spoken out against police actions targeting young people.

Thu
28
Mar

Tunisia’s Borders: Jihadism and Contraband

Unless the permeability of the country’s borders is addressed, cross-border trafficking will increase jihadis’ disruptive potential and intensify the corruption of border authorities.

“Tunisian actors need to work together to reinforce border controls and improve relations between the centre and residents of border areas while Maghreb states should improve their cooperation”.
Issandr El Amrani, North Africa Project Director.

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