No data available on addiction treatment facilities.
National Drug Policy
Directorate General of Pharmacy, Ministry of Health
Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 1994
Ministry of the Interior
9th August 1994
Sudan does not have a significant history of drug abuse problems, but drug use is growing in the country, particularly among the younger generation.
Sudan is one of Africa’s largest producers of Hashish, or Cannabis resin.
Hashish is the most commonly used drug of abuse in Sudan, and alcohol is also one of the most prevalent drugs of abuse. Drug use is not however commonplace in the country, and mostly takes place amongst the country’s labouring classes.
Most Hashish produced in Sudan is consumed locally within the country, rather than being smuggled to illicit drug markets abroad.
In 2009, 17,255kg of Cannabis resin were seized in Sudan – 1% of the world total, making it the country with the 12th highest rate of such seizures globally.
Sudan has a mostly Muslim population of approximately 34million, of whom 70% are of Arabic descent.
A World Health Organisation (WHO) study found that 60% of the country’s prison population abused drugs. Substances most abused in the three prisons surveyed were alcohol, Cannabis resin, diazepam and barbiturates.
Many drug users admitted to first abusing substances before the age of 12, and most did so before the age of 20.
A 2006 survey in the Khartoum region of the country found that less than a quarter of males had drunk alcohol in their lifetime, and only 2.3% of females had done so.
Only 4.1% of males and 0.2% of females had consumed alcohol in the past year.
Al-Ahfad Al Jameleyah For Women
PO Box 167
NGO working in drug prevention.
The Rufaida Health Foundation is an NGO working in a range of areas, include drug addiction. It seeks to raise awareness of the HIV risks of injectable drugs, as well promoting the availability of suitable addiction treatment and support in the country
Sabah Association for Child Care
PO Box 8342
Tel: 00249 11468 322
The Sabah Association for Child Care is an organisation that specialises in helping children who have substance abuse problems, or are otherwise affected by illicit drugs and addiction.