The UAE has zero-tolerance for drug abuse. On Saturday, International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, top officials and experts led discussions on how everyone — from homes to schools — can do their part in protecting the country against the drug menace.
Lt-Gen Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, on Saturday tweeted his gratitude to the community for their efforts in fighting drugs.
“On the International Anti-Drug Day, I would like to thank and appreciate everyone who contributed to protecting himself, his family, his community, his country or the world from the scourge of drugs. I thank the UAE Anti-Narcotics Council headed by Lieutenant-General Dhahi Khalfan for their excellent results and I warn those who are the enemy of humanity that they will not rest in the Emirates,” he said in a tweet.
Dr Shaju George, psychiatrist at the Dubai Community Health Centre of Medeor Hospital Dubai, said prescription drug abuse could also be part of the problem.
“I, as a person, have zero tolerance towards drug abuse clients because most of them visit doctors with the sole intention of getting a refill prescription of those medicines they abuse. They will never be accompanied by responsible family members and usually don’t show any interest in taking proper treatment to get out of this problem. The UAE government has come up with a very good initiative like the National Rehabilitation Centre in Abu Dhabi and Erada in Dubai to help and treat people who are victims of drug addiction.”
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