Anti-heroin program in Seychelles shows promise, but drug problem is big and growing

Around 40 percent of heroin addicts who followed the methadone programme offered at the Aftercare Service of the Agency for the Prevention of Drug Abuse and Rehabilitation (APDAR) have been completely clean, the Secretary of State for the prevention of drug abuse and rehabilitation said. 

According to research by the agency, there are around 5,000 heroin users in Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, with a population of 95,000.

Patrick Herminie, the state’s top drug official, said during a presentation at State House on Monday that only 1,500 addicts are following the methadone programme.

“The drug situation in Seychelles is clearly a menace to the existence of the country….
Source: Seychelles News Agency