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Rehabilitation and Medical Centers

Drug Rehabilitation Centre Sfax (Centre d’Aide et Ecoute)

Specialities:

Socio-medical rehabilitation for the youth of Tunisia suffering from addiction problems and education on AIDS prevention.

Contact/ address:

Centre d’Aide et d’Ecoute
Route de Gabès Km 11 cité Thyna dans le parc civil
Tunisia

Tel: + 21674 203 500 / + 21674 697 082
Email: contact@atupret.com/atupret@gmail.com
Website: www.atupret.com

Description:

Opened in 2007, the Drug Rehabilitation Centre in Tunisia is operated by ATUPRET (Association Tunisienne de Prevention Contre la Toxicomanie) and is set up specifically to address youth addiction problems in Tunisia. The centre rehabilitates those suffering with drug addiction, gives medical care and seeks to re-integrate them back into Tunisian society. The centre acts as a much-needed safety net for those at risk from drug addiction in a country where state and private provision for such individuals is scarce.

National Narcotics Control Authorities

Name:

Ministry of the Interior

Contact/ address:

Avenue Habib Bourguiba 1000
Tunis
Tunisia

Tel: (+216 71) 333 000

There is no dedicated authority for narcotics control in Tunisia. Responsibility for narcotics control falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Interior.

National Narcotics Control Strategies and Security Plans

Name:

International Narcotics Control Strategy Report Africa and the Middle East

Type:

Security

Published Authority:

U.S Department of State

Date:

March 1995

Internet link:

dosfan.lib.uic.edu/ERC/law/INC/1995/09.html

Publisher website:

dosfan.lib.uic.edu/ERC/law/INC/index.html


Name:

Tunisia International Narcotics Control Strategy Report - Money Laundering And Financial Crimes

Type:

Security

Published Authority:

Wikileaks

Date:

30 October 2007

Internet link:

www.cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=07TUNIS1439

Publishers website:

www.wikileaks.org

Narcotics control regulations and laws

Name:

Law No.1992-52 Narcotics Trafficking (1992)

Published Authority:

Government of Tunisia

Date:

1992

Internet link:

www.cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=07TUNIS1439

Publisher Website:

www.wikileaks.org

Facts and stats

  • In terms of legal drugs, opioids are subject to the country’s ‘seven day law’, where doctors are not allowed to prescribed opioid drugs for a period of more than seven days, requiring patients to visits their doctor if they wish a repeat prescription. Because of the remoteness of many communities in the country, this means many people are going without much-needed medicines.
  • Use of heroin and cocaine is rare in the country.
  • Cannabis consumption amongst Tunisians is relatively low although it is consumed, mainly in rural areas.
  • According to the United National Survey on Crime trends of 2002, Tunisia had 815 drug offence cases per 100,000 people.
  • Tunisia has a relatively low instance of drug consumption and trafficking and the country is not known to play a significant role in the laundering of drug money.
  • Although until this century hard drug use was rare in Tunisia it has risen in the last 10 years, partly due to the rise of tourism. The use of hard drugs like cocaine and ecstasy has been centred around schools, universities and city centres.
  • In 1998 the Tunisian Government brought drugs charges against 148 people. These were for offences including the possession and the trafficking of drugs.
  • According to the country’s 1992 anti-drug law, sentences are automatically doubled if drugs charges are upheld against anti-drug enforcement personnel or those tasked with guarding drugs warehouses or depots.
  • Tunisia was one of the first countries to sign up to the 1988 United Nations Drug Convention.

Governmental / Non-governmental Associations

ATUPRET (Association Tunisienne de Prevention Contre la Toxicomanie)

Type:

Non-governmental

Address/ contact:

Espace Jeunesse et Vie:

Avenue 5 Août rue 19 Juillet
Sfax 3002
Tunisia

Centre d’Aide et d’Ecoute:

Route de Gabès Km 11
Cité Thyna dans le parc civil
Tunisia

Tel: +21674 203 500 /
+21674 679 082
Email: contact@atupret.com / atupret@gmail.com
Website: www.atupret.com

ATUPRET was founded in 1995 with the mission of preventing the use of drugs in Tunisia and to educate of the dangers of drug use to the citizens of the country, particularly the young. It runs Tunisia’s principle drugs rehabilitation centre (Centre d’Aide et Ecoute) as well as the Espace Jeunesse et Vie, a social welfare, health, sports and activities centre for Tunisia’s youth, promoting healthy lifestyle and good sexual health practice. It aims to foster strong links with Tunisian communities and works closely with schools and workplaces in towns and cities across the country. It also carries out research into drugs, their dangers and the gathers data on drug abuse in Tunisia.