739 new drugs creating more young addicts than ever: Dubai Police


739 new drugs creating more young addicts than ever: Dubai Police

Dubai - Narcotics and psychotropic substances have become one of the biggest global menaces.


Amira Agarib

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Published: Mon 1 Apr 2019, 5:00 PM

Last updated: Mon 1 Apr 2019, 7:54 PM

As many as 739 new types of drugs doing the rounds worldwide have come under scanner in the last five years, said Major General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, assistant commander-in-chief of the Dubai Police for criminal investigation.
These drugs are far more dangerous than the conventional ones, he pointed out, while adding that druggies have been getting hooked to more than one narcotic in a short period of time, which speeds up the pace of addiction. 
He said that drug abuse is hitting youngsters hard as the average age of young addicts is going down and the number of addicts has increased over the past years.
Al Mansouri said that narcotics and psychotropic substances have become one of the biggest global menaces and it is very difficult to handle. He called for a coordination and cooperation among different institutions - including research, academic and security - and other bodies concerned to address the drug abuse problem.
Al Mansouri said that authorities concerned should discuss how the agencies can deal with enormous knowledge and information they have to deal with drug abuse and create a drug-free society.
Forum to discuss growing drug dangers
The 14th session of the 'Hemaya International Forum' will be themed 'Learn To Protect' and held on April 28-29 in Dubai. It will discuss issues related to drug abuse dangers in the region and solutions to eliminate negative impacts of narcotics.
Colonel Khaled Ali bin Muweizah, director of the General Directorate of Narcotics Control, said that this year's event will see participation from many international organisations and universities, including the United Nations, UNESCO, the Arab Office for Drug Affairs of the Council of Arab Ministers of the Interior, the University of Wales of Britain and the Naif University of Science Security from Saudi Arabia, the Dubai Police Academy and the Higher Institute of Cinema from Egypt.
He said the forum will tackle a number of issues including the relationship between law enforcement agencies and educational and research institutions, mechanisms for enhancing their sustainable partnership, the development of smart programmes and applications and their educational and training role to check drug menace.
During the forum, workshops will discuss the challenges of money laundering and the role it plays in financing illicit trafficking of narcotics and psychotropic substances. They will also discuss how websites promote drugs and mechanisms to combat them.
Colonel Muweizah said that the Dubai Police will facilitate e-attendance of the forum, to ensure huge participation at the event. Forum participation certificates will be issued.

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