Drug prevention is a social responsibility … and the family is the first line of defense

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Officials and specialists stressed that drug prevention is a social responsibility, and that the family is the first line of defense against the plague, and they said that parents and families have a great responsibility to protect their children from drugs, especially after the law gives the addict the opportunity to be treated and treated as a patient, not a criminal, and to help him overcome it. this problem and look for solutions.

This happened during the dialogue session entitled “Drugs from addiction to rehabilitation .. The UAE addresses the plague” within the talk show “Your Space Through Al Bayan” via the newspaper’s official account on Twitter, which was held last night.

The session was attended by Obaid Khalfan Al Ghoul, a member of the Federal National Council, Brigadier Abdul Rahman Al Owais, Deputy Director-General of Federal Anti-Narcotics at the Ministry of Home Affairs, and Colonel Abdullah Al Khayat, Director of Hemaya International Center at the General Department of Drug Control in Dubai Police.

Berader Dr. Ibrahim Al Dabal, CEO of the Khalifa Empowerment Program “Aqdar”, Colonel Ibrahim Jassim Al Tunaiji, Director of the Narcotics Control Department in Ras Al Khaimah Police, Dr. Abdullah Al Ansari, Director of the Department of Community Research, Awareness and Public Relations at the “Irada Center for Treatment and Rehabilitation in Dubai”, and Lamia Al Zaabi, Head of the Drug Prevention Division at the Ministry of Home Affairs, Al Yazia Ahmed Al Mazrouei, a key health educator at the National Rehabilitation Center, and the media session moderated by Aisha Al Zaabi.


Obaid Khalfan Al-Ghoul thanked the Al-Bayan newspaper for this initiative, emphasizing that all countries of the world suffer socially, economically, healthily and security-wise from the scourge of drugs, and that our youth and children are being targeted by drug traffickers. given the growth of this trade significantly.

He pointed out that the UAE has a clear strategy to confront drugs and combat this trade, the most important of which is the legal culture broadcast through official media or through social networking sites so that everyone knows that drug use or possession is a crime is punishable by UAE law.

Al-Ghoul stated that at the next session of the Federal National Council, the policy and strategy of the Ministry of Home Affairs to address the scourge of drugs and juvenile delinquency would be discussed. Drug dealers and addicts are not included in the amnesty .

Obaid Khalfan Al-Ghoul stressed that the family is the first line of protection for the children, and that it is primarily responsible for providing normal children to society, as the children of broken families have been found to be more vulnerable to addiction.

5677 reports

In turn, Brigadier General Abdul Rahman Al Owais said the drug problem was causing great concern to all countries of the world, affecting all aspects of life, and since the founding of the UAE, a transition has been made from the regulatory to legislative stadiums. by modernizing anti-drug laws, the latest of which is the activation of Federal Decision Act No. 30 of 2021 is early this year.

In addition to the national strategy launched by the Anti-Narcotic Council, and its continuous development in the light of these crimes, it should be noted that everyone knows that the UAE does not allow the growth, manufacture or circulation of drugs in its territory. , and that drugs reach it from abroad.

Al Owais pointed out that everyone is responsible for prevention and awareness, including families and parents, as well as the educational staff in schools through awareness.

He explained that the UAE had signed 3 agreements with the United Nations to achieve international dimensions in combating and protecting countries, focusing on several axes, including reducing drug demand through awareness, and reducing opportunities for drug supply by halting smuggling operations and confronting traders, and there are many achievements in this regard.

Where the number of reports received by the anti-drug agencies in the country indicates an increase of 18% in 2021 compared to 2020, where the reports last year recorded 5,677 communications, compared to 4,800 in 2020, and the number of suspects arrested in drugs. cases increased by 20% as the arrests were made.8 428 accused last year compared to 6 973 accused in 2020.

Raise awareness

Colonel Abdullah Al-Khayyat stressed that the UAE law reflects the maturity of society through awareness, as the diversity in the country requires intensive awareness of people coming from countries where drugs are not a major issue. He pointed out that awareness-raising methods changed 4 years ago due to the great change in lifestyle after technology became a way of life, and society became dependent on it, and this made social media channels a platform for the promotion of drugs and prohibited goods.

He continued: At the Hemaya International Center, school and university students are involved in appropriate awareness-raising methods by the Dubai Student Police Board, and two years ago the “Protection Clip” award was introduced for school and university students to produce short films to raise awareness of the damage of drugs for all nationalities, and indeed 50 nationalities were attracted, and production 70 films, of which 12 won.

Al-Khayyat said the work lifestyle that dominates Emirati society needs to be reconsidered, as well as the importance of finding a way to prevent the stigma that haunts the patient, even after recovery, which is a reason for him may be to use again.


Berader Dr. Ibrahim Al-Dabal pointed out that the family has a major role in protection, and appreciates the commands of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, may God protect him, to the “Social Support Program for Low- income “, based on the leadership’s zeal to provide for a decent living. For the people of the country with limited income throughout the country, indicating that this initiative contributes to family stability.

He said that based on the study of the causes of abuse, it can be divided into individual, family and societal causes, and the individual causes are poor religious motives, poor personality, poor life skills and influence with friends.Lands and increased production in some countries, according to international reports, as no country is immune to the dangers of drugs.

Al-Dabal noted the importance of educating and protecting children by strengthening their personality and how they treat their peers.


In turn, Colonel Ibrahim Jassim Al Tunaiji said the state worked hard to develop and update laws that protect society from drugs, and the state’s security authorities blocked many human trafficking and promotion operations and prevented the distribution of drugs, and note that the causes leading to abuse must be known.

90% of psychological reasons have been found to be due to family problems, mental illness, curiosity and bad friends. When we talk about other reasons, they are represented in poor religious faith, family breakdown and outrageous wealth.

Al Tunaiji pointed out that from the investigation with addicts it was found that they suffer from the disintegration of prisoners or the absence of the role of the family, therefore it is necessary to focus on the issue of educating children about the seriousness of this pests, monitor their behavior and observe their conditions.


Dr. Abdullah Al-Ansari pointed out that the aim is not to punish the addicted victim, but rather to treat him, as addiction is a disease, noting that the “Irada Center for Treatment and Rehabilitation in Dubai” is a government center is what was established in 2016. It deals with three aspects, the first is the treatment of drug addicts, the second is rehabilitation and the third is follow-up The center provides recovery areas for adults of both sexes, and soon it will receive male and female youth.

He pointed out that there is coordination with all relevant authorities in the country, and that in 2019 the “permitted” program was launched, which has achieved its goals, the most important of which is the acceptance and integration of the addict in society. , and awareness programs were launched to convey the voices of the recovered.


Lamia Al-Zaabi stated that the Ministry of Home Affairs has launched programs to protect our children at all stages, and a guide to narcotics has been introduced which introduces them, their harms and methods of prevention, and how parents detecting and dealing with abusers.

She added: The ministry also provided a “fighter” service to communicate with families through five channels, including the hotline 80044 link, which explains how to find out if one of the children is intoxicated, and how to to handle it. also provided open channels to communicate with families who wanted to keep her children from abuse.

Al-Zaabi noted that there are behavioral, physical and environmental indicators of drug and psychotropic substance abuse. Behavioral indicators are a sudden change in the behavior of asking for money, anxiety, moodiness, lies and others. As for the physical, it is represented by thinness, weight loss, fatigue, loss of appetite, etc., and the environment is the presence of substances used in Use, such as spoons, needles, unfamiliar odors, or the presence of unfamiliar medicines. .


Al-Yazia Ahmed Al-Mazrouei thanked the Al-Bayan newspaper at the beginning of her participation. The National Rehabilitation Center qualifies the patient until he returns to his normal life.

Once inside, a plan is drawn up to treat the addict and consider him or her a patient by studying each case separately. The focus is on the causes of abuse, in addition to rehabilitating families to treat the addict as ill. through programs around the addict’s condition and that the aim is not only to remove toxins, but rather to rehabilitate him and help him integrate into society.

Al-Yazia reported that some cases return to addiction due to the lack of social acceptance, or the face of family rejection and society’s view of it.

Al-Owais: “Al-Bayan” is a model for effective media in society

Brigadier General Abdul Rahman Al Owais, Deputy Director-General of Federal Anti-Drugs at the Ministry of Home Affairs, praised the efforts of the Al-Bayan newspaper for the space it devotes to addressing various topics and issues in society discussed, saying: “I offer you my heartfelt thanks for your active role in society, and we follow what you publish in your esteemed newspaper. And your interest in raising awareness of the harms of drugs by shedding light on this plague , present ways to prevent this, house specialists and give them an opportunity to present their expertise, ”emphasizes the important role of the media in raising awareness, prevention and reaching all segments of society.


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