IIlegal drug use in Seychelles, especially heroin, has increased to an alarming rate, said the secretary of state responsible for the prevention of drug abuse and rehabilitation. Patrick Herminie spoke to SNA on Thursday after a respondent-driven survey entitled ‘Seychelles Biological and Behavioural Surveillance of Heroin Users of 2017’ was conducted. ²The study which was commissioned by the Agency for the Prevention of Drug Abuse and Rehabilitation was conducted to determine the population size of heroin users out of the present population of people aged 15 and over. The results showed that the population of heroin users in Seychelles aged 15 years and above is around 4,800 which equals to 5.6 percent of the population range. Herminie said that this is quite high for a small population like Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean. (…)