Egypt Drugs


Egypt Drugs


Since 1980 in Egypt the problem of drugs increased seriously. In 1989 in Egypt were about 2 million users of drugs from which the most were children with access to parents` money and students.


The drugs taken by these users were the heroin, the hashish, the cocaine and the opium.


The spreading of the drugs use was quite large and the big prices of the drugs leaded to the crimes whose cause was the obtaining of money for narcotics. Most of the opium and the hashish that was sold was made in a domestically way. The heroin was brought from Pakistan and from Lebanon.


The most of the illegal narcotics seller were arrested from the streets. The punishments for the drug dealers were considerable increased. For example, for bringing even a small quantity of heroin in Egypt is punished with 25 years of jail. Only in 1988 over 1 million $ was obtained from the drug selling.

In 2007 the studies showed that in Egypt were 6 million of drug addicts, the drug users having their ages between 15 and 25 years. The same studies showed that the most available drugs on the Egyptian market were the heroin, the cocaine, the methamphetamine, ecstasy, as well as a marihuana type that can be found in Middle East and called bango.


Bango is used on a large scale in the Sinai Peninsula too. Egypt is an important consumer, supplier and producer of narcotics and a transit point for the narcotics traffic. As its location, Egypt is a favorable country for the drugs traffic from important zones of drug production from Europe and Asia.


From the Egyptians regular drug consumers 439.000 are children and 12% are students. 0.21% of the Egyptian drug consumers are dependent of chemical drugs or heroin, 3% are dependent of hashish and 9% of Bango.

Unfortunately, some of the Egyptian street children take glue in their fight with the everyday problems, like violence, hunger, pain. The street children take glue in groups, the effects being on long term and the symptoms mild. The glue is preferred by these children because its prices are low. Other drugs consumed by the young people in Egypt are cannabis, tobacco, and the consumers are not aware of the many risks that they are exposed to as drugs consumers.


 In 2004 was launched the NSPRSC (the National Strategy to Protect and Rehabilitate the Street Children) in order to support all these children that are the drugs victims and to reintegrated them in society. In this complex project are involved the Government, the UNODC and the NGOs which are institutions of the Government, the civil society, the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood, and, of course, the children themselves.


To help these children to treat themselves from the drug addiction, in Egypt were made receptions centers, a data base for the Government` s data and a hot line for the children and the teenage that lives on the streets and are exposed to drugs.


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