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Illegal Trade Ghana ranked 14th in cocaine consumption false - NACOB

According to the Acting Executive Secretary of the Board, Mr Francis Kofi Torkornoo, the statistics used in the ranking by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime are old

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The Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) has refuted a recent United Nations report that ranked Ghana 14th out of 115 countries worldwide in terms of cocaine consumption.

According to the Acting Executive Secretary of the Board, Mr Francis Kofi Torkornoo, the statistics used in the ranking by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime are old and did not present the true state of affairs.

He said report failed to mention the period those statistics were generated, and appealed to the media to endeavour to crosscheck any drug related information before making them public.

READ MORE: Family under investigation for this photo of a cocaine sniffing toddler

play Acting Executive Secretary of NACOB, Mr Francis Kofi Torkornoo

At the opening of a two-day training programme on the role of the media in tackling the illicit drugs menace in the country, Mr Torkornoo said Ghana did not have a current usage of cocaine data, adding that, "we have not been able to translate consumption rate yet".

According to the World Drug Report by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), it ranked Ghana 14 out of 115 countries when it comes to the consumption of cocaine - a development which comes at a time when government is putting structures in place to clamp down on the illicit drug trafficking.

READ ALSO: Amid a cocaine boom in Colombia, a deeper problem is emerging

It has also emerged that close to 300,000 thousand Ghanaians are currently sniffing cocaine or using it in other devious forms.

African and Middle Eastern nations typically report the lowest use.

Read the full report here: Ghana ranked 2nd highest cocaine traffic point in Africa

 

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