« The islands of the western Indian Ocean have been drastically impacted by illicit drug markets. Mauritius and the Seychelles report some of the highest rates of heroin consumption in the world. Growing volumes of heroin are being trafficked via Madagascar, which also operates as a significant cannabis exporter in the inter-island drugs economy.
Since 2015, long-standing heroin flows have been joined by a flood of synthetic cannabinoids, which have fundamentally disrupted drug markets in Mauritius, Mayotte and the Comoros islands. The drugs markets on the French overseas territory of Reunion have different dynamics to the other island states.
This research report documents how drug markets are expanding and diversifying in the island states, fueling corruption and driving growing domestic consumption. »