As a society in transition, drug use in Malawi strongly correlates with the pressures placed upon society during the rapid modernization and the decline in traditional social relationships.

Youth RISE Malawi makes sure that the philosophical justification and efficacy aspects are addressed when evaluating drug policy. Solutions to the drug problem will have to address the health needs of the drug user and the context, particularly socio-economic, of drug use rather than insisting solely on jailing the culprits.