The Executive director, CRISA, Prof. Isidore Obot, observed that there were positioned positive developments in various countries, including Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, that showed the readiness of policy makers and citizens to embrace progressive drug policies that took into consideration scientific evidence and the human rights of people who use drugs.

He said the theme of the conference was chosen to highlight the growing demand for drug policy reform across the world which focused attention on availability of and access to evidence-based treatment, early interventions and harm reduction, among others.

“I believe that we have made advances in the state of knowledge about the drug problems in a growing number of countries in Africa. With the high level of concern shown by some governments, and the involvement of the Economic Community of West African States and the African Union, we are better positioned now than we were a few years ago to address more effectively the supply and demand challenges that face policy makers in a growing number of our countries”, Obot stated.