Drug crime rate: 16 offenses per 10,000 Jordanians in 2022, report finds

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. (Photo: Freepik)
AMMAN — The Jordanian Strategic Forum has released a report titled "Knowledge is Power" on the occasion of the International Day against Drug Abuse. The report, titled "The Reality in Jordan," unveils a decrease in drug crimes, shedding light on the current situation in the country.اضافة اعلان

The report reveals that in 2022, among a population of 10,000, only 16 people were involved in drug-related crimes in Jordan., reported Ammon News.

This finding indicates a positive trend, as there has been a decline of 4.7 percent and 4.1 percent in drug crimes in 2021 and 2022, respectively. This reduction comes after a decade-long increase in drug offenses.

Analyzing the geographical distribution of drug crimes based on police directorates, the report identifies the Aqaba region as having the highest crime rate, with 43 crimes per 10,000 people. Conversely, the Southern Badia region had the lowest rate, recording only two crimes.

Focus on drug possession and use crimes
The report highlights that drug possession and use crimes outnumber drug trafficking offenses in Jordan, despite a decrease in the former over the past three years. In contrast, drug trafficking crimes have consistently risen over the past five years.

This finding emphasizes the importance of addressing both the supply and demand aspects of the drug problem. The report calls for careful consideration by relevant authorities, as distinguishing between drug trafficking cases and drug possession and use can be complex.

Drawing insights from the "World Drug Report 2022" issued by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the forum highlights several key observations.

The report emphasized that youth, particularly younger generations, are more susceptible to drug use.

Additionally, it pointed out that countries facing conflicts and weak law enforcement often experience flourishing illicit drug economies.

Call for comprehensive approach to combat drug abuse
In conclusion, the forum underscores the treatable nature of addiction and the potential for individuals to recover. It emphasized the importance of conducting thorough scientific research to gain a better understanding of the issue and its societal consequences.

The report recommended the establishment of specialized treatment centers for addicts and the development of comprehensive post-treatment health and behavioral care programs.

Moreover, it highlighted the need for ongoing support from relevant institutions, as reintegrating into families and communities can be challenging for those in recovery.

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