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Drug and alcohol abuse is escalating internationally with recent evidence showing that drug abuse is on the rise in Africa and the western industrialised world. In Cameroon Alcohol is legal, widely available and relatively inexpensive, leading to high consumption among citizens. This also means alcohol is one of the main burdens of disease in the country. This measurement of mortality, morbidity, injuries and other risk factors is specific to a country: in Cameroon, alcohol abuse comes in first before unsafe sex and interpersonal violence. "Therefore CEMREST can help the community succeed if we reinforce our commitment to the basic principles of health and human rights, shared responsibility, a balanced approach to reducing supply and demand, and universal access to prevention, treatment and support," This will foster communities free of drug-related crime and violence, individuals free of drug dependence who can contribute to our common future and a safer world for all.