Captagon, a stimulant mainly produced in Syria which has become particularly popular with users in Gulf countries, has received a lot of press. While it seems clear that its trade is now one of the Syrian government’s main sources of income, less understood are its effects on users. Ever-larger seizures by authorities from Beirut to Abu Dhabi are daily occurrences. Captagon is also part of normalisation discussions following Syria’s readmission to the Arab League. How severe is the Captagon problem in Syria and the Middle East? And will stopping its trade speed up peace with Syria?
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- Caroline Rose (@CarolineRose8), director of Strategic Blind Spots Portfolio at the New Lines Institute
- Elie Aaraj (@eaaraj), director of the Middle East and North Africa Harm Reduction Association
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