Reality Check: The Khat (drug) market in Abyan

When you see things like this you begin to understand why even minor diseases spread like wildfire and take such a heavy toll in the Middle East and Africa.

A Lack of Common Sense combined with a nasty Addiction and Dependence on Drugs equals DISASTER.



(Liveleak) The market in the governorate of Abyan, north of Yemen (Houthi territory )

The World Health Organization (WHO) classified “Khat” in 1980 as a drug of abuse that can produce psychological dependence, although the WHO does not consider khat addiction to be a serious problem.

The legality of khat varies by region. In many countries, khat might not be a specifically controlled substance but may nevertheless be illegal under more general laws. It is a specifically controlled substance in some countries including Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. By contrast, the production, sale, and consumption are legal in the nations where its use is traditional of those cultures, including Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Somalia and Yemen.In Israel, which hosts a population of Yemenite , only the consumption of the plant’s leaves in its natural state is permitted.

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