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Africa News of Thursday, 16 March 2023


Cocaine use rises in Africa as new hubs emerge - UN

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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says global cocaine production jumped to record levels over the past two years.

In a new report, the UNODC says cocaine use is increasing in Africa and Asia, as well as in traditional markets like Europe and the Americas.

It says coca cultivation in South America rose by 35% between 2021 and 2022.

It added that the past decade had seen new hubs for cocaine trafficking emerge in West and Central Africa.

The head of UNODC, Ghada Waly, said the potential for the cocaine market to expand in Africa and Asia was a dangerous reality.