Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) establish a Drug and Psychotropic Substances Fund

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The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)’s Ministry of Finance and Economy has created a Drug and Psychotropic Substances Fund to offer treatment for substance abusers and monetary rewards to individuals who report drugs to local authorities.

Safeen Muhammed Amin, the head of the High Committee to Combat Drugs, states that the KRG Ministry issued Instruction No. 2 in 2023, establishing a fund dedicated to the development, training, and treatment of drug addiction.

Amin further noted that treatment centers will soon be set up in Erbil, Sulaimani, and Duhok.

As per the Kurdistan Region’s anti-narcotics directorate, 200 drug dealers and 500 users were apprehended in the first quarter of this year alone.

Moreover, authorities have seized over 27 kilograms of crystal, heroin, hashish, opium, and marijuana, nearly 700 kilograms of Carfentanil, and 2,678 narcotic pills.