Elite ‘African Group’ in Vienna undermines AU drug policy

A small group of African countries in Vienna submited their own document on drug policy to the UN, despite a more enlightened African Union position
The South African Health News Service
Sunday, February 7, 2016

liberia_drugsSouth Africa’s mission in Vienna submitted a minority reactionary “African Group” (AG) position on drug policy to the United Nations, despite the African Union's more progressive “Common African Position” (CAP). The AG position supports stronger control over ketamine, used as an anaesthetic in places without electricity or oxygen supplies. The AG document also does not mention “harm reduction”, focusing only on punishment for supply and use illegal drugs. (See: The AU Common African Position and the Africa Group’s Submitted Position)