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In Nigeria, drugs like marijuana are criminalized. DHRAN’s #DrugDecriminalization initiative advocates for a shift toward ensuring that people who use drugs and those impacted by drug use can lead fulfilling lives free from discrimination and stigma.

Below is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions about drug decriminalization.

What is drug decriminalization?

It means removing criminal penalties for drug possession while focusing on treatment and harm reduction.

Does drug decriminalization legalize all drugs?

No, it usually means possession for personal use is not criminally prosecuted, but trafficking remains illegal.

How can drug decriminalization improve public health?

It promotes harm reduction, reduces drug-related harm, and increases access to healthcare and treatment services.

Will drug decriminalization lead to more drug use?

Evidence from other countries suggests it does not significantly increase drug use.

How can drug decriminalization reduce crime in Nigeria?

It can lower drug-related crime by reducing the criminalization of users, focusing on treatment, and disrupting illegal markets.

Can drug decriminalization reduce stigma?

Yes, it reframes drug use as a health issue, reducing the stigma that often prevents people from seeking help.

How does drug decriminalization benefit Nigerians who use drugs?

It emphasizes support and treatment over punishment, allowing individuals to seek help without fear of legal repercussions.

What is the impact of drug decriminalization on Nigeria's justice system?

It can reduce the burden on courts and prisons, allowing resources to be reallocated to more constructive uses.

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