Oman embark on new
drive to combat drug addiction

MUSCAT — Confronted with the increasing menace of drug addiction in the country, the Oman has embarked on a new drive to address it.

The Royal Oman Police (ROP), which is spearheading the campaign, however, said its success depended on the public’s cooperation, urging citizens to immediately report abusers and traffickers to the authorities. An exclusive hotline number (1444) has been specially created for this purpose.

The Anti-narcotics Department at the Directorate-general of Criminal Investigation has set up a special team to conduct raids on hideouts of addicts.

In one of its first operations, in Musandam, a man was arrested after a raid on his den unearthed large quantities of hashish and other narcotic substances. A ROP spokesman underlined that cooperation from people was one of the “most effective means to fight the spread of drugs in the society.” He added that citizens and residents could make a contribution by “regular interaction” with the authorities via the hotline.

An action plan has also been drawn up to spread awareness about the dangers of addiction among students in universities, colleges and schools across the country. ROP will organise a series of lectures and workshops in the different regions to highlight the economic and social threat posed by the proliferation of drugs. —

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