Drug Abuse

Zanzibar faces challenging drug abuse statistics, mostly among young men who injecting themselves with a cocktail of heroin and cocaine. Drugs are more available now as Zanzibar is on the international drug routes. Increase drug abuse rates also correspond to increase in crime. Illicit drugs are a flourishing business in Zanzibar, readily available at some well known corners on the outskirts of the town. There has been a significant increase in the use of hard drugs over the past few decades, and a corresponding increase in HIV prevalence among intravenous drug users (IDUs).

Unemployment and poverty, especially among youth are key factors that contribute to the drug problem in Zanzibar. Stone Town and the northern region, where most tourist resorts are located, are the most affected. Easy access to drugs and the presence of many visitors to the island have fueled drug availability.

ZANGOC members, such as the Zanzibar Association of Information Against Drug Abuse (ZAIADA), are among organizations linking affected youth to the sober houses through outreach workers and peer educators.