Iraq’s response to INCB statement

The Iraqi delegation began by stating that Iraqi society is currently in an interim phase and that there are therefore many threats and challenges that they face, including drug abuse. As a transit country, they face a huge challenge in stemming the diversion of substances into Iraqi society.

The Ministry of Public Health is devoting their efforts to drug prevention. Services for drug addicts are provided in the context of psychological services. The Ministy of Health has recently embarked on a large drug prevention programme, involving the creation of a national body to combat drugs, with representation from various sectors including civil society. This body will prepare national policies to counter drugs, prepare necessary legislation, faciliatate communication between relevant ministries and will assist in enacting legislation on efforts to combat drugs.

The UNODC, with support of WHO, are currently conducting a survey on drug use which will soon be concluded.

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