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 Drug Policy of the Republic of Yemen
Supreme Board of Drugs and Medical Appliances
Dangerous Drugs Ordinance
Dangerous Drugs Ordinance 1960
Law 3 of 1993 on Control of Illicit Trafficking in and Abuse of Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances
Ministry of Health
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.
Non-governmental organisation specialising in aids and drugs prevention in Yemen.
Society of Struggling Qat
Provides support for individuals with drug and mental health problems.
Medical Development Foundation
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.