Girl in a jacket Yemen

Rehabilitation and Medical Centers

There are currently no known drug treatment centres in Yemen. The Ministry of Health and Population is currently in the planning phases of building a centre for addiction treatment.

National Narcotics Control Authorities

Name:

Supreme Board of Drugs and Medical Appliances

Contact/address:

Supreme Board of Drugs and Medical Appliances

Ministry of Health

P.O. Box 265
Sana'a

Tel: 967 1 252 242-44
967 1 252 210
Fax: 967 1 251 362
Email: sbdma@yemen.net.ye
Website: www.mophp-ye.org/ (Ministry of Health)

The Supreme Board of Drugs and Medical Appliances is part of Yemen's Ministry of Health. It is the nation's listed Competent National Authority under the International Drug Control Treaties, and is responsible for overseeing matters relating to drugs.

National Narcotics Control Strategies and Security Plans

Name:

National Drug Policy of the Republic of Yemen

Type:

Security

Publishing Authority:

Supreme Board of Drugs and Medical Appliances

Date:

1993

Internet Link:

NA

Publisher Website:

www.sbd-ye.org/

Narcotics control regulations and laws

Name:

Dangerous Drugs Ordinance

Published Authority:

NA

Date:

1955

Internet Link:

www.unodc.org/enl/showDocument.do?documentUid=762&country=YEM

Publisher website:

NA


Name:

Dangerous Drugs Ordinance 1960

Published Authority:

NA

Date:

January 1961

Internet Link:

www.unodc.org/enl/showDocument.do?documentUid=763&country=YEM

Publisher website:

NA


Name:

Law 3 of 1993 on Control of Illicit Trafficking in and Abuse of Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances

Published Authority:

Ministry of Health

Date:

1993

Internet Link:

www.unodc.org/enl/showDocument.do?documentUid=2447&country=YEM

Publisher website:

www.mophp-ye.org/

Facts and stats

  • In 2009, 854kg of amphetamines were seized in Yemen – 1% of the world total.

  • 3, 758 KG of Cannabis resin were also seized in the country in 2009 – 0.3% of the world total.

  • Little information on the number of drug users in Yemen are available, and according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) there is no official body responsible for drug abuse data collection in the country.

  • The average age of initial drug use is relatively young compared to other countries in the region, and is most commonly between 12 and 15 years old.

  • According to the World Health Organisation, drug use amongst young people in Yemen has been rising during the past five years. Cannabis use in particular is increasing in prevalence with Yemenis under 20 years old.

  • Khat is legal and its use is widespread and accepted in Yemen. It has been estimated that as many as 90% of men and a quarter of women in Yemen chew Khat leaves, which provide mild narcotic effects. In Yemen, Khat use is not perceived as a drug problem.

    Khat is one of Yemen’s largest crops, and it has been estimated that it is responsible for more than a quarter of the country’s water consumption. Water is relatively scarce in Yemen, and experts fear that a significant drought could lead to a humanitaritan crisis, exacerbated by the scale of Khat production

  • The abuse of Cannabis and Alcohol is also increasing in the country. Amphetamines use is becoming more widespread.

  • There are not believed to be significant numbers of injecting drug users in the country.

  • Yemen has no officially orchestrated drug prevention or treatment programmes. The WHO has stated that drug rehabilitation facilities do not exist in the country.

Governmental / Non-governmental Associations

Life Impulse Association

Type:

Non-governmental

Address & Contact:

Kormaksor Shifa
Company JSIAden

Website:NA

Non-governmental organisation specialising in aids and drugs prevention in Yemen.


Name:

Society of Struggling Qat

Type:

Non-governmental

Address & Contact:

Flat 4
Algabali building
Malla-dakka
Website: NA

Provides support for individuals with drug and mental health problems.


Name:

Medical Development Foundation

Type:

Non-governmental

Address & Contact:

PO Box 16580
Al-Safia/ 30st
Yemen-sana'a

Tel: +967 1442 135
Fax: +967 144 0847
Email: info@hdfoun.org
Website: www.hdfoun.org

The Medical Development Foundation is a non-governmental organisation in Yemen which is working to raise awareness of the risks of drugs, including HIV/Aids. To this end it works in a number of areas, including education and support.