Call for steps to curb drug crimes

SHARJAH - Anti-narcotics department officials have called for stricter measures in the country to curb drug-related crimes which increased markedly between 1997 and 2001. According to latest figures, 268 people were arrested on drug charges in Dubai, 130 in Abu Dhabi, 97 in Sharjah, 47 in Ras Al Khaimah, 34 in Ajman, 17 in Umm Al Quwain and 22 in Fujairah.

By A Correspondent

Published: Mon 17 Feb 2003, 2:41 AM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 10:24 PM

A 68 per cent rise in drug cases was revealed in a study conducted by the Police Research Centre of Sharjah Police. The study, entitled 'Misuse of Narcotic Substances', was carried out by Dr Qassim Ahmed Omar, Head of the Statistics Unit, and Hashim Mutasem, a researcher.

The study is divided into five chapters, focussing on the magnitude of the problem and measures to combat it.
The annual average of drug-related cases was 111 between 1974 and 1976, which rose to 154 between 1977 and 1981 (43 cases or 39 per cent). The average increased by 19 per cent in 2000 from 1998.

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